10 Manchester United academy stars who could make the first team this year
The Manchester United academy has always known to have produced talented football players over the years. From Sir Matt Busby's Busby Babes to Sir Alex Ferguson's Fergie's Fledglings, the 20-time English first-division champions have been at the fore of nurturing talent early and giving the youngsters opportunities to showcase it on the big stage.
Over the past few years, the United academy has not been able to replicate their past successes, with only Marcus Rashford and Timothy Fosu-Mensah managing to impress the management to make it to the first team.
However, United fans now have every reason to be excited at the number of current prospects who could make it to the first team from the academy. After having played nine matches in the Under-18 Premier League North, the Manchester United youngsters have a two-point lead at the top of the table, although Manchester City, who are second, have three matches in hand.
Here, we take a look at ten of the stars from the academy who could earn a call to the first team.
The list is made on the basis of the players’ performances for the youth squad(s) as well as their potential based on what has been revealed by youth coaches and Jose Mourinho, the Mancheter United manager.
#10 Tyrell Warren
Tyrell Warren might be one of the lesser known academy graduates from Man United. However, he was one of the two names that Jose Mourinho mentioned when talking about the youngsters who could make the first team this term. Warren was touted to be named on the bench for Mourinho's first pre-season friendly against Wigan Athletic.
Manchester-born Warren, who is primarily a right-back, can also play at centre-back. He had a good string of performances in the 2015/16 season that earned him a call-up to the Warren Joyce's Under-21 squad, where he played five times.
Although the 18-year-old has started just four of the nine Under-18 Premier League matches, he will be looking to impress his bosses with this performances and earn a call-up to the senior squad sometime in the ongoing season.