Welcome to the end of the 4th season with Manchester United. Throughout this youth development series we have focussed on the progression of our homegrown and scouted stars.
In this part we are looking at how our homegrown talent have progressed during the 2019/2020 season with the Red Devils.
In the Premier League we regained our title having last won it in 2018. It came down to the final game as Manchester City drew 2-2 with Southampton to give us the title.
In Europe we fell at the 2nd Knockout stage of the Europa League and failed to win any domestic cups (we lost to Tottenham in the EFL Cup final).
Let’s move on to seeing how our youngsters have fared over the season just gone.
6 +1’s including Finishing and Passing
Marcus has had a difficult year at Old Trafford. He spent a lot of the season injured, managing just 19 PL games and 31 in all competitions. He scored just 9 goals all year and developed very little.
It is a shame for Marcus as he looked to be turning into the attacking future of this United side. He still could be that man, but for now we will be saying goodbye to Marcus in this series.
I plan to keep Rashford at Old Trafford, but at 22 I think it is time to focus on the development of other homegrown talent coming through the youth system.
7 +1’s including Strength and Tackling
Timothy Fosu-Mensah has been one of the ever-present centre backs for Manchester United over the last few seasons. Since the start of the 2017/2018 season he has made 83 PL appearances for United.
Yet despite this his development appears to have stalled once he won his spot in the first team. Usually in younger players you will see an increased development once given first team minutes.
Like Rashford, we will be saying goodbye to Timothy in this part. He too will remain a United player, but now is the time to allocate his spot in Youth Development to another young up-and-coming youth prospect.
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8 +2’s including Acceleration and Long Shots
15 +1’s including Finishing and Composure
Conor Hine could become a very important player in the years to come for United and England. He spent the year on loan at MK Dons in League One, and despite not playing well, he managed to improve his attributes well while on loan.
Whether he goes on loan again this season remains to be seen, ideally I would like to assign him a tutor to increase his determination. We will see.
15 +1’s including Passing and Vision
Is Angel Gomes your star of the series so far? He’s mine, and this year we gave him the chance to develop in the first team. He made 30 PL appearances and 44 in all competitions, scoring 6 goals. He also made 10 assists 7.06 average rating.
It was in Europe where he excelled, averaging a rating of 7.44 per game. Here he is scoring a powerful volley in the Europa Group Stage.
A pass completion ratio of 86% is very encouraging for the young advanced playmaker.
+2: Jumping Reach
10 +1’s including Marking and Concentration
Lee made 12 appearances for United over the previous season. With competition at the back high, Lee was not able to break into the first team for an extended run, instead being limited to cup games.
However if he is able to continue his development a first-team spot could open up in the future. Laporte is ageing and there are no other standout youth prospects ahead of him.
4 +2’s including Concentration and Long Shots
21 +1’s including Finishing and Pace
Chris Walters have made some incredible improvements over the previous year. Without doubt the best improvement in one year throughout this Youth Development series.
A couple of years ago Thomas Buitink made similar progress but stalled the following year. It is up to Chris to learn from Thomas and not make the same mistakes.
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Thanks for reading our 2020 update for Manchester United’s homegrown talent. With two players leaving the series I’ll be on the lookout for any exciting prospects coming through the youth system at Old Trafford.
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