Manchester United retained the Manchester Senior Cup with a 4-1 win over Manchester City earlier this week in a game where James Wilson has gotten most of the plaudits after he scored all four of United’s goals, but Josh Harrop‘s impact on the result shouldn’t be overlooked.
Harrop came on at half-time to replace replace Joe Rothwell when City had been dominating the midfield area but Harrop’s introduction saw a shift in the dynamics. More familiar with the right wing, he partnered Ben Pearson in central midfield as United went on to dominate the second half.
A flair player who isn’t afraid to get stuck in, Harrop is tipped to make an impact at Under-21 level this season. After great work in the centre circle, he won the ball back (getting fouled in the process) and found Andreas Pereira who provided the assist for Wilson’s second goal and was involved in most of United’s positive attacking play and looked really comfortable at that level.
Last season, he made 24 appearances for Paul McGuinness’ Under-18s and scored six goals. He featured in all six of United’s games in the Under-19 UEFA Youth League and also came on as a substitute six times for the Under-21s. His performances saw him short-listed for the Jimmy Murphy Academy Player of the Year award where he lost out to the prolific James Wilson.
Harrop’s technical ability gives him the versatility to play in a number of positions. He can play anywhere across the midfield, and also can play left back or up front. Regardless of the position he’s playing he doesn’t look out of place.
The 18 year old has had a decent preseason with Warren Joyce’s squad, the highlight being his two goal haul against League One’s Barnsley, and the indications are that he’ll handle the step up to under 21 level with ease.
United fans will certainly enjoy watching Harrop this season.