Jose Mourinho has drafted four youngsters into Manchester United’s travelling squad which went to London on Saturday ahead of our game with Arsenal at the Emirates.
Not every Man United fan will know much about any of the players, so here is a quick few things to know about the lads ahead of what could be their debut for the club.
Matthew Olosunde: Olosunde, 19, is a powerful and strong centre-back who stands at 6ft 1. Having started 14 times for the U23s this year, his agility and physicality have helped him to standout at that level in the right way. He actually started at United as a winger but now operates as a centre-back, so he’s more than comfortable in possession.
Demetri Mitchell: A left footed winger, Mitchell, 20, has six goals and three assists in 23 appearances for Man United’s U23s this season. However, his inclusion in the match day squad would be because of his ability to play at left-back, a position he covered after an injury to Joe Riley earlier this year. With Luke Shaw and Ashley Young out injured and Antonio Valencia getting rested, United need some bodies in at full back and Mitchell could be in with a shout of being in the match day squad because of that.
Scott McTominay: Standing at 6ft 4″ after a huge growth spurt, McTominay is an imposing and all-round central midfielder and he earned a place on the bench for our Swansea game. He’s started 21 times for the U23s this year and in that time has three goals and two assists to his name but his game is about more than just goals and assists. With Marouane Fellaini suspended and our central midfield lacking depth after Morgan Schneiderlin and Bastian Schweinsteiger were sold, McTominay also has a good shout at being included.
Matty Willock:: Eagle eyed United fans will remember Willock’s name already because he was on the bench against West Brom in April. Aged 20, Willock is a natural attacking player. This season he’s shown his calibre by scoring the winner at Anfield against Liverpool’s U23s and has been training with the first-team on a number of occasions this season.
Axel Tuanzebe: We should also mention Tuanzebe in this list because the 19-year-old has been part of a few United match day squads and made his debut against Wigan in the FA Cup. He could also feature.
So much was said and assumed about Mourinho and how much he’d use youngsters at United. This season, no Premier League manager has given more game time to teenagers and the inclusion of these four young players follows that trend. Sure, if we didn’t have so many injuries they wouldn’t be there but Mourinho has turned to them when he needed them most. Now, if they are needed, they could all make their debut against Arsenal away from home- what a way to start that would be.