Let’s take a look at three of the players we feel have the potential to use the Mercedes Benz Junior Cup as a springboard and follow in their footsteps.
Joel Pereira (Goalkeeper)
Pereira is experienced in the MBJC, having played in the tournament twice before for United, but at 18 years of age, and already standing at 6ft 2 inches, still has plenty of time to develop further into a top Goalkeeper. He has shown noticeable signs of improvement in the time he has spent at United, with coach Alan Fettis noting his English is now vastly improved, having struggled when he first signed. He is a natural shot stopper, who isn’t afraid to let his defence know when he isn’t happy., He is also comfortable coming off his line to collect and start a quick break with his vision and distribution skills. Not one for the immediate future, but one to certainly keep a close eye on.
Matty Willock (Midfielder)
Formerly an Arsenal youngster, and with two brothers still on the books at The Gunners, it seems like United may of found a gem in the 18 year old from Waltham Forest. The winger has credited a noticeable growth spurt with helping his transition into a Central Midfielder role, and made 29 appearances for the Under-18’s last season, more than any other player. He was a valuable asset to the team that often went unnoticed, but not by Warren Joyce who has given him chances to impress in the Under 21’s and continue his development. With energy in abundance and excellent passing play, Willock can certainly make the grade at Old Trafford, and show his former employers why they were wrong to let him go.
Marcus Rashford (Striker)
Rashford has been making some real strides this season, having initially seeming a bit overwhelmed at the amount of ground that needed to be covered by a professional footballer, with Paul McGuinness stating that he’s now “turned a corner” in terms of learning new aspects of the game. The Manchester born striker is a fast and powerful player, who also has a tendency to drop back into midfield to get on the ball and set an attack up. The 17 year old was named by The Guardian to be United’s best young talent, with Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal all rumoured to be keeping tabs on him.
As with last years trio that have made the most of their chances, these three in our eyes have the potential to go on to make themselves household names with the Manchester United supporters.