Demi Mitchell: These Manchester United players helped me on my debut

by Leo Nieboer

Demetri Mitchell has noted that Paul Pogba, Michael Carrick and Phil Jones helped him throughout his Manchester United debut against Crystal Palace.

The left-back, included in match-day squads for trips to Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton, was finally handed a chance to impress for the senior side by Jose Mourinho.

And he took to life in the Premier League with incredible ease, ensuring that little got past him on the left hand side whilst also offering plenty of energy going forward.

Mitchell, speaking after the game, noted that the aforementioned senior trio helped him through the game.

“All the lads were great, especially Paul (Pogba), (Michael) Carrick and (Phil) Jones next to me,” he said.

“They were great before and during the game; it was great to have them alongside to help me through the game and give me confidence.”

Jones enjoyed another solid game, adding to an improved display against Southampton last Wednesday, and such firmness will always rub off on those next to you, but the presence of Pogba in the first half and Carrick in the second was crucial for when it came to enmeshing Mitchell in the game from minute one.

The pair, in what was a game played largely in third gear, ensured that whenever Mitchell had the ball they were available in space, always there as an option if needed. A relatively simple – and indeed necessary – component to any midfielder’s game, of course, but it meant that the 20-year-old rarely found himself stranded on the left hand side, giving him the confidence he needed to assert himself on the game. United may well have found the perfect Luke Shaw replacement if Mourinho does decide to let him go this summer.

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