Vanja Milinkovic might not be playing for Serbia’s U20s side at the FIFA World Cup this summer but it’s still a superb experience for him.
Serbia have now earned a place in the semi-final against Mali and Milinkovic, 18, will be revelling in the experience of it all.
The fact Milinkovic was even called to attend the tournament is a testament to how well regarded he is in Serbia and it’s the perfect way to spend the summer before moving to Manchester United.
Milinkovic was signed by Man United last summer but immediately loaned back to FC Vojvodina in order to continue playing regular first-team football. He’ll be joining up with United this year.
Milinkovic will come straight into United’s U21s squad and be competing with Joel Castro Pereira for the No.1 spot in Warren Joyce’s side.
Not too much is known about Milinkovic apart from the scouting reports which were regularly sent back to United’s staff and form a fans’ perspective he’ll remain unknown until he starts playing for United next season.
Who knows, maybe Milinkovic will turn out to be one of the best goalkeepers ever and immediately replace David de Gea before becoming the world’s best? Wishful thinking, but you never know.
Back in reality, Milinkovic should learn plenty from what has already been a successful U20s World Cup trip with Serbia.