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Three wonderkids in contention to replace the injured duo of Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard

Manchester United v Paris Saint-Germain - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: First Leg
Manchester United v Paris Saint-Germain - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: First Leg
Shivam Singh
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Modified 17 Feb 2019, 09:56 IST
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Manchester United suffered an embarrassing loss against Paris Saint-Germain in the UEFA Champions League. It was Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's first defeat as a caretaker manager of Manchester United. PSG played without their key players Edinson Cavani and Neymar but still was able to beat Red Devils at Old Trafford. Apart from not getting the desired result, United also suffered two injury blows.

Jesse Lingard was forced off with a hamstring problem minutes before the half-time whistle, while Anthony Martial had trouble with the groin injury and hence was substituted in the break. Lingard and Martial were replaced by Alexis Sanchez and Juan Mata respectively in the match against PSG. The new United front trident never looked in sync and was a bit off-pace.

Manchester United v Paris Saint-Germain - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: First Leg
Manchester United v Paris Saint-Germain - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: First Leg

Lingard and Martial were in fine form for Solskjaer's new rejuvenated United side, so their injuries are a cause of concern especially considering a hectic run of important games coming up. Not a lot of players in the United first team squad has the same capabilities as that of Lingard and Martial. But the form of Sanchez and Mata compels the management to look for replacements from the reserve squad.

Three Manchester United academy players that are most likely to get a chance to showcase their talent in the first-team.


#3 James Garner

James Garner
James Garner

Graner at the age of 17 signed a professional contract with Manchester United in 2018. The development made earned him a place on the 2018 pre-season tour to America.

Since that time, he is very closely involved with the first-team squad. The growth made rewarded him with a place on the bench for the game against Valencia in the Champions League. He was also involved in the match against Reading in the FA Cup.

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Leadership is a skill set rarely found in today's generation of footballers. Players in the current era display a lot of individual brilliance, but rarely show the qualities of a true leader. On the contrary, Graner excels in this attribute. He is the captain of the under-18 England side.

He is a central midfielder, and his performances from the middle led him into the nominations for the Jimmy Murphy Young Player of the Year award this year.

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Published 17 Feb 2019, 09:56 IST
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