Manchester United’s Callum Gribbin named as one to watch

by Sam Peoples

Callum Gribbin has been chosen by The Guardian as one of the Premier League’s top talents to watch.

The Manchester United youngster has been progressing well through the academy over the last 18 months and first hit the headlines with a match winning performance against Hull City in last season’s FA Youth Cup where he scored two goals.

Since then, Gribbin, who is currently 16, has been a regular feature for United’s U18s and this season he has also been involved in the U19s UEFA Youth League squad which mirrors the senior team’s UEFA Champions League games.

At every level, there is one stand-out aspect of Gribbin’s game which is becoming famous for – his ability from free-kicks. This season he has already scored a few important goals from set pieces and that sort of consistency at his age is extremely encouraging.

Having already played for the U21s, Gribbin’s developing very fast for someone who is still so young but Paul McGuinness and Warren Joyce know better than anybody how to manage youngsters and get the best out of them, so he’s certainly in the right place to develop.

The next step for Gribbin is to become a regular player for United’s U21s. Following that, he can look at the career progression of Adnan Januzaj and Andreas Pereira as two recent examples of tricky midfielders who have gone through to burst into first-team football at a young age.

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