Demetri Mitchell treated Manchester United supporters to an impressively stellar debut during their side’s 2-0 win over Crystal Palace on Sunday.
The left-back was handed his first start after appearing on the bench in recent weeks and took to the big stage with ease, harassing Palace’s forwards all afternoon.
Mitchell was one of the nine academy products that featured against Crystal Palace, with Mourinho desperate to keep players fresh ahead of Wednesday’s Europa League final.
His stats from the win over Sam Allardyce’s side shed light on what was a confident, busy display on the left hand side.
Demetri Mitchell game by numbers vs. Palace:
1 key pass
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The clash with Crystal Palace was, above anything, a chance to celebrate the plethora of young talent that continues thrive under Nicky Butt and Co, but what chances do the youngsters that featured today have when it comes to securing a place in the squad further down the line?
Axel Tuanzebe has, of course, made a number of crucial steps in recent weeks, and I would say that Mitchell – and not Josh Harrop, the rightful headline maker for the day – has the next best chance, purely because the left back slot at Old Trafford remains very much up for grabs following a disappointing campaign from Luke Shaw.
Mourinho is, of course, likely to invest in that role over the summer, but if Mitchell can continue to improve over pre-season he may just secure a place in the first team ahead of the 2017/18 campaign.