Youth Development: Man Utd | 2026 Update Part 1 | Football Manager 2017

Welcome to the final update in the Manchester United Youth Development series. You may have seen via my Twitter (@VivaLaVidaFM) that I’ll be moving to FC Porto for the next club in YD.

I can’t wait to get started with Porto. The save will be based on homegrown Portuguese players only.

I’ll be splitting this post in two just for the sake of reducing the loading time of the pages.

The following posts will take a look at all 15 players to have featured in the Manchester United part of Youth Development. We’ll see how they have developed in our time at the club, plus where they are in 2026.

Let’s get into it


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Youth Development

Angel Gomes

Career Appearances: 154          Nation: England          International Apps: 3

Career Goals: 19                                                           International Goals: 0

Angel Gomes is a one-club man so far in his career.

He hasn’t quite developed into the Paul Scholes of United, but it’s fair to say he is at least of a similar ilk to Nicky Butt or Phil Neville. Not the most important name in the first team, but certainly a vital part of the squad.

Honours          Man Utd:          Premier League (2020, 2022, 2026)          Champions League (2026)

Axel Tuanzebe

Career Appearances: 326          Nation: DR Congo          International Apps: 52

Career Goals: 6                                                                 International Goals: 1

Axel Tuanzebe left United for Swansea in 2020 after several loan spells away from Old Trafford. Since then, he has made over 200 appearances for the Swans.

Honours          Bournemouth:          League Cup (2019)

Honours          Swansea:                 FA Cup (2025)

Chris Walters

Career Appearances: 102          Nation: England          International Apps: 20

Career Goals: 35                                                            International Goals: 10

Chris Walters has become one of United’s reliable forward options. Over the last two seasons he has become one of the first choice options up top but has yet to have a standout season.

His previous season saw him net 18 goals in all competitions, the best in his career to date. Perhaps Walters is on the verge of something special.

Honours          Man Utd:          Premier League (2026)          Champions League (2026)

Christian Pulisic

Career Appearances: 238          Nation: U.S.A          International Apps: 90

Career Goals: 43                                                        International Goals: 26

Christian Pulisic could have been a world-class player. But his lack of opportunities at Man Utd saw him move on loan to six different clubs. This surely curtailed his development.

Despite this, he appears to have settled nicely at Saint-Etienne in France where he has already made over 80 league appearances in three years.

Honours          Man Utd:          Premier League (2018)

Honours          U.S.A:              Gold Cup (2017)

Conor Hine

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Career Appearances: 131          Nation: England          International Apps: 39

Career Goals: 40                                                           International Goals: 24

Conor Hine is clearly the standout developer of our English players. His club stats clearly show that he is beginning to reach his potential, having his best season to date in the year just gone.

Internationally he has been a great success, scoring 24 goals in 39 caps. And at the age of 23, he has a massive future ahead of him.

Conor scored both goals in a 2-0 win for England in the 2024 European Championship Final. Big game player.

Honours          Man Utd:          FA Cup (2023)          Premier League (2026)          Champions League (2026)

Honours          England:        European Championships (2024)

Dayot Upamecano

Career Appearances: 228          Nation: Guinea-Bissau          International Apps: 38

Career Goals: 4                                                                        International Goals: 2

Dayot Upamecano was unable to find a regular role at Man Utd, instead battling it out for cup matches with other second-fiddle defenders.

He has found a second-home at Lazio in Italy, where he has made over 130 league appearances so far.

Honours:          None

Facundo Colidio

Career Appearances: 193          Nation: Argentina          International Apps: 40

Career Goals: 89                                                              International Goals: 30

Facundo Colidio is the biggest success story of the save. We found him at Boca in Argentina and signed him for £1.5M. Despite having a tricky start to life at United (due to various problems attaining a work permit) he developed steadily on loan before returning to Old Trafford.

He made just over 60 appearances for United before moving to PSG for £88M.

Honours          Man Utd:          Premier League (2022)          FA Cup (2023)

Honours          PSG:                Ligue 1 (2024, 2025)              French Cup (2024, 2025, 2026)


I’m going to split this 2026 update for Youth Development in two.

Due to the GIFs I’m using I don’t want the page to become to slow. Please follow the link below to find Part Two of this post.

Part Two of our Final Youth Development post from Old Trafford


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