Regardless of what happens between now and their first game of the season against Leeds on August 14, Manchester United will kick off with renewed hope and excitement. Jadon Sancho’s long-awaited arrival from Borussia Dortmund has been made official – but he is far from the only young star the club have on their books ahead of the 2021/22 season.
A £73million transfer for one of Europe’s most talented wingers is bound to attract all the attention at a club as big as United – and Sancho is very worthy of the hype.
Yet the fact remains that the 21-year-old is a player who has developed through Manchester City’s academy and Dortmund’s first-team.
Extra pride comes from those who master their crafts in United’s famous academy system, with Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood the latest shining success stories.
The two English forwards have been constants in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side for some time; now it is the turn of others to step up.
Luckily, United have plenty of youngsters ready to do just that. Here Express Sport takes a look at the next cabs off the rank at Old Trafford.
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Shoretire was one of the most uplifting stories of the 2020/21 season for United, with the forward becoming the second-youngest player to represent the Reds in the Premier League in February, shortly after his 17th birthday.
As highly rated for his personality and mentality as much as his skillset on the pitch, Shoretire is already a favourite of Solskjaer.
“I think since I started playing football, I’ve always played at least one year up,” Shoretire told the club website recently
“I think that has helped me a lot because you have to learn the game quicker as I’m not one of the big ones.”
Having continually made the steps up, he won’t be phased by another one.
Elanga has not been as hyped as Shoretire, but he is at a similar stage in his career, having made his first-team breakthrough last season.
And, having scored in the 4-2 loss to QPR on the weekend, he has definitely caught Solskjaer’s eye.
While many 19-year-olds would be expecting to go out on loan, Elanga might have done enough to earn his place in Solskjaer’s squad.
“He’s electric, his pace, his skill, he’s not afraid of anything and he’s got the courage and the bravery of a Man United player and today he created chances for others and himself, and scored a good goal with his most difficult opportunity,” Solskjaer said on the weekend.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if he was staying here. It depends, we know it’s important for him to develop and get game-time, at the moment he’s one of them we’ve not really decided on.
“If he keeps on like he is I might want to keep him.”
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