Youth Development: Homegrown | Man Utd 2017 | Football Manager 2017

One season in, six of Manchester United’s promising youngsters have had a year to progress and develop. Here I will give an overview of United’s season, plus a view of our youth development; how have our youngsters developed over one year?

Season Overview

Premier League

Manchester United finished fourth in the PL, but the season didn’t get off to a good start. For a short period of time in October, we were 14th. For the entire season we struggled away from home, only winning five in the league.

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We managed to win the FA Cup, beating Crystal Palace after extra time. In the Europe League, we reached the semi-finals, losing to Atletico Madrid.

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Now it is time to have a look through our youngsters. From the first post in this series (you can find that by clicking here) I chose to follow how six players progressed. We will go through these players now.

Youth Development

Marcus Rashford

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Attribute Developments

Determination +3

Marcus Rashford. England’s shining talent at such a young age. No major improvements over year one. However 29 starts (and 17 sub appearances) shows how important Rashford is to United’s first team, scoring 16 goals in the process. Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been tutoring Marcus, and this showed when they played together. 

Timothy Fosu-Mensah

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Attribute Developments

Marking +2

Determination -1

Fosu-Mensah is another of our players to have broken into the first-team in recent years, adding 13 starts to his Manchester United career. A decrease in determination is a result of being tutored by Wayne Rooney, and unfortunately Timothy picked up the ‘argues with officials’ player preferred move due to his tutoring. A poor move from the manager.

Axel Tuanzebe

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Attribute Developments

Determination +2

Axel Tuanzebe is the only player of our six to have gone out on loan over the last year. No drastic improvements have occurred, however an increase in determination will aid his development. In addition, 28 starts for Fulham in the Championship will be of great help to his continued development.


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Angel Gomes

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Attribute Developments

Stamina +3

Strength +3

Angel Gomes is proving to be one of the most exciting youngsters to have come through the youth in recent years at Old Trafford. Drastic increases in both stamina and strength highlight the physical advancements in this advanced midfielders game. Tutored by Paul Pogba, Angel has had a world-class midfielder to shadow, and it shows!

Lee O’Connor

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Attribute Developments

Determination +3

Strength +2

Lee O’Connor made no appearances for the first team but was tutored by Antonio Valencia over his first year at the club. An increase to both his determination and strength occurred over season one. Poor jumping reach needs to be looked at if he is to become a centre-back in the future, however things are looking promising for the young defender.

Tahith Chong

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Tahith Chong has developed steadily over the last year, and despite not increasing any of his attributes by two, he has increased plenty by one. Despite this his perceived potential has decreased heavily, now only being deemed a 2/3 star potential player.

Chong has not made any first team appearances over the year and has not been tutored. Perhaps Tahith has been overlooked for tutoring due to other youngsters needing a tutor more urgently and has been unable to improve as drastically as a result.

Hopefully you have enjoyed this second instalment of our Youth Development series. It will be interesting to see how these youngsters develop over the coming years and whether United will find any gems coming through the youth system in the future.

Keep an eye out for the scouted update in our series Youth Development. You will find out how our scouted players are developing at Old Trafford.

Thanks for reading! VivaLaVidaFM

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