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5 youngest players to play for Manchester United

Priyam Saikia
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Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur: Premier League 2
Angel Gomes(L) is one of United's current youngsters

Manchester United, is perhaps the biggest and one of the most widely supported clubs in the world today. According to Forbes, United is also the most valuable club in the world right now.

Nicknamed "the Red Devils", the club founded as Newton Heath LYR Football Club in 1878, changed its name to Manchester United in 1902 and moved to its current stadium, Old Trafford, in 1910.

Also read: An A-Z guide to Manchester United Football Club

Over the years some of the best players in the world have taken centre stage at 'The Theatre of Dreams'. Playing for Manchester United is a matter of pride for any player in the world. However, playing for 'The Red Devils' also brings its fair share of pressure and responsibilities.

Also read: 5 longest-serving players on Manchester United's current roster

While many players would love to even be given a chance to play for the club at the far end of their careers, some players have been lucky enough to have got a chance to represent this famous club at a very young age. So, who are top 5 youngest players to have represented Manchester United? Let us have a look

#5 Federico Macheda

Manchester United v Crystal Palace - Carling Cup Quarter Final
Macheda in action for Manchester United.

Federico 'Kiko' Macheda had a fairy tale start to his United career when he made his debut at the Theater of Dreams against Aston Villa at an age of 17 years 07 months and 14 days.

With 10 minutes to go and the Premier League title in the balance, the score read 2-2. On the stroke of full-time, the youngster expertly took the ball in his stride, turned and curled the ball around a helpless Brad Friedel and into the net.


He followed it up with another stupendous performance the following week against Sunderland where he also scored the winner. Macheda was hailed as a future superstar with Sir Alex Ferguson terming his finishing even better than that of Michael Owen at one point in time.

However, he failed to scale those heights in a United shirt ever again as he spent the rest of his United career on the fringes of the first team. He ended his time at Old Trafford after making 36 appearances for the club and scoring 5 goals in the process

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