Five Manchester United Academy players who could play for the first-team this season
Manchester United have always been a club with the tradition of bringing through their academy players. Just take a look at the Class of ’92: Ryan Giggs, Phil and Gary Neville, David Beckham, Nicky Butt and Paul Scholes.
There will be many players in United’s academy that will only need to look at the rise of Marcus Rashford to have the belief that they can achieve similar things at the club.
José Mourinho’s already proven that he does bring through youth - providing they are good enough, and will continue to be in-and-around the squad. A player that benefited from that was Timothy Fosu-Mensah, who is now on-loan at Crystal Palace for the season.
Here are five Red Devils academy players who Mourinho could well promote to the first-team squad.
#5 Scott McTominay – 20, Central Midfield
The Scottish midfielder received a call-up to the pre-season tour of America over the summer, with Mourinho keen to have a closer look at the player.
McTominay is a versatile, young player - he can play as a box-to-box midfielder, attacking midfielder, or even as a centre-forward.
With Man United's injuries to Paul Pogba and Marouane Fellaini, as well as Andreas Pereira going out on-loan to Valencia, McTominay might find himself being immersed in the match-day squads.
The 20 year old received 26 minutes of playing time against Burton Albion, in which he conducted the midfield well and kept the team in an organised shape.
There is high hopes at the club for McTominay, but he will need to take his chance with both hands when given the chance.