Welcome to the 2019 update in our Youth Development series.
Here we’ll have a look through the homegrown talent at Manchester United who remain from the previous part (you can read that here) and we’ll introduce two new players who have come through the youth system at Old Trafford.
But first we can have a look at how Man Utd performed over the 2018/2019 season.
Season Overview 2018/2019
A poor league season for the reigning champions United, finishing in fifth position. Another failure to qualify for the Champions League will not please the owners, however the introduction of several youth prospects over the year will be encouraging for the future.
In the Champions League we lost in the Quarter Final stage against Barcelona. They were simply too good, thrashing us at Camp Nou 3-0.
In the various domestic cups Man Utd performed poorly. We beat West Ham to win the Community Shield but lost against Stoke in the EFL Cup 4th Round. We managed to reach the Final of the FA Cup, but lost to Norwich 2-1. Bitterly disappointing.
Let’s see how our homegrown talent have progressed over the year. Remember in the last part we said goodbye to Axel Tuanzebe and Tahith Chong, so look out for two new youngsters to follow.
Several +1’s including Strength and Agility
Marcus had a difficult start to the season, often being overshadowed by both Ibrahimovic and Griezmann upfront. However over the winter periods Rashford became an integral part of the Red Devils side.
And although his stats do not reflect this, Rashford was the first name on the teamsheet until February when strained knee ligaments ruled him out for the rest of the season. This may well have put a hold on some very impressive attribute developments over the year.
Four +1’s including Anticipation and Off The Ball
Timothy made 24 PL starts for United this year, primarily playing as a centre-back. He has improved over the year, but only slightly. It is a shame that his development has yet to be dramatic, instead being a steady progression.
He may well have to make way for a more promising youngster over the coming years. But hopefully Fosu-Mensah can continue his steady progression as he ages.
Conor Hine came through the United academy in March 2019 and therefore hasn’t had the time to develop. However with five star potential ability Conor could become one of the better players to be in this series.
He could also become a Tahith Chong, so let’s keep a beady eye on his progression.
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Stamina and Strength +2
Several +1’s including Technique and Dribbling
One of United’s star prospects is Angel Gomes. Although he was afforded less playing time this season, his development has not stalled one bit. He will definitely play a bigger role in the first-team throughout the 19/20 season.
Last year he was often battling the likes of Lingard, Martial and Griezmann for the inside forward position. Both Martial and Lingard have left, leaving a space in the first team squad for Gomes to push for.
Determination, Balance and Agility +2
Lee made 6 first team starts for United this season, all in cup matches. His development is hugely encouraging, especially his strength. When he came through the academy his strength was highlighted as a possible weakness. Three years later he has improved this attribute by seven.
We’ll be looking to give Lee more chances in the first-team over the next season. But remember he is only 18, he could have plenty of years in the first-team if he can continue to develop.
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Six +2’s including First Touch and Pace
Chris is our second player to join the series. He came through the academy last year and has made a couple of competitive appearances off the bench. He spent time on loan at QPR but failed to make a great impact, playing just 13 matches for them in the Championship.
His attributes point him to being a striker but he’ll have stiff competition in that area of the pitch with the likes of Facundo Colidio aiming to become United’s striker for years to come.
Thank you for reading our 2019 update for United’s homegrown talent. Keep your eyes peeled for our scouted players update to follow shortly.