Manchester United’s young starlets

October 11, 2012 Comments Off

Manchester United has always been famous for producing gems from the youth academy. There are some current players there who deserve a chance in the first team. Here is a list.

1.    Robbie Brady

Robbie Brady was first sighted my Manchester United youth while playing for St. Kevin’s Boys. He has made only one senior appearance till now replacing Alexander Buttner in the Capital One Club at the 86th minute.

There is a story about Brady which is very famous.  Once in 2008, Brady was standing in a line in the canteen at United where he saw Cristiano Ronaldo and he let him go first and get his food. Sir Alex Ferguson questioned him and asked him why he had let that happen. The Irish youth team player replied, “Because it’s Ronaldo, boss.”

“You’re here to take his place son. Don’t let me see you do that again,” replied Sir Alex instantly.


2.    Davide Petrucci

Petrucci signed as a 16 year old from Roma in 2008 with a lot of United’s coaches having high hopes for him. He made a good start to his United career in 2008/09 but then came an unfortunate set of injury’s which was to all but ruin all of his hard work put in for the early part of his United career. After recovering from his injuries, Davide captained the reserve team which won the Premier League North Reserve Championship is 2011/12. His ability to turn defence into attack along with his ferocious shot holds him in good stead for the rest of his United career, should it be a long one or a short one. If Ferguson decides to play one striker against Newcastle, then Petrucci is the perfect playmaker to play behind the striker to support him.


3.    Scott Wootton

Scott Wootton is a defender who had formerly played for Liverpool. Wootton has the highest chances of getting to play soon as the central defender might give some relief to United’s injury crisis. He has made two senior appearances for United.


4.    Jesse Lingard

Jesse Lingard got a great opportunity this pre-season tour as he played in quite a few games this season. Lingard is an attacking midfielder. His game is similar to that of the Japanese wonder kid, Shinji Kagawa.


5.    Ryan Tunnicliffe

He was scouted for United at the age of 9 and has progressed through the academy to sign professional terms in December 2009. The thing in which iIadmire about Tunnicliffe is is hard work and the aggressiveness in his play. Since Keane left, we’ve been looking for that aggressive midfielder who scares opponents, something we’ve yet to have found, but I finally think we have in Tunnicliffe.

6.    Michael Keane

Though with an Irish descent, Keane plays for England U-21.  Keane is talented enough to play as a central defender and also a full back.Keane has made two senior debuts till date.

7.    Will Keane

The twin brother of Michael Keane plays as a forward. He is extensively compared to Ruud van Nistelrooy. Will apparently sets up as many goals as much as he scores them. He has made only one senior appearance. Currently he is out for more than 6months due to a serious injury.

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