Manchester United fans were impressed with Joe Riley‘s stellar performance at left-back in the 5-1 win over FC Midtjylland on Thursday night in the Europa League.
The youngster was making his first Old Trafford appearance and first senior start after impressing in the FA Cup win over Shrewsbury last Monday.
And, following an energetic, gritty and tidy performance, Man United fans were delighted with the 19-year-old’s display:
While United’s season has somewhat disintegrated, the burgeoning rise of youngsters making a name for themselves, offering some hope to dejected fans for a brighter future, has been a constant source of encouragement.
The full-back crisis at Old Trafford has reached levels of absurd, with Luke Shaw, Marcos Rojo, Matteo Darmian, Antonio Valencia and even fellow youngster Cameron Borthwick-Jackson suffering injuries this season. Credit should go to the youth set-up, who seem unceasing in their ability to churn out players with the confidence and energy to thrive in this United team.
Such was the case with Riley tonight; the Blackpool-born youngster not only did a good job nullifying the visitors’ attack, but offered efficiency and pace down the left flank, linking up well with the electrifying Memphis Depay on several occasions to cause havoc.