Indy Boonen: Everybody in the academy aims for Manchester United first team

Indy Boonen: Everybody in the academy aims for Manchester United first team

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Manchester United’s Indy Boonen has not set low targets for his career but has admitted the competition is fierce at Old Trafford.

The Red Devils have a track record of bringing youngsters through from the academy and Boonen hopes to be one of those success stories.

With Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard being the shining light of the academy in recent seasons, the 18 year old is aiming to join them in the first team.

Rashford and Lingard both not only provide proof of a successful academy but also a clear path to becoming a successful footballer at Manchester United.

Indy is normally a winger but can operate through the middle and his versatility may yet give him an edge in his quest for first team action.

Boonen spoke to the Manchester United official website, saying: “The ambition of everybody here is to make the first team. That is what we all want to do I’ve been getting games in the Reserves and the UEFA Youth League, and also in the national team.”

The Belgian will have to do plenty to impress Jose Mourinho but the Portuguese manager has shown himself to be open to giving United’s young stars a chance.

Scott McTominay and Andreas Pereira, before leaving to Valencia, both found themselves involved in the first team.

McTominay in particular has been a surprise inclusion but has impressed with his composure and maturity with the minutes he’s played so far, even making his Champions League debut.

Mourinho has previously stated he aims to invest in the winger department for the club but perhaps if Boonen continues impressing in the reserves team then the manager will have to reconsider his transfer strategy.

The Belgian will have to fight off stiff competition in Rashford, Anthony Martial, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Juan Mata but what better way is there to prove your quality?

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