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PICTURE: United midfield starlet given first team number ahead of call-up

by Sam Peoples

Charni Ekangamene has taken a step closer to first team football this weekend as he was given a squad number by David Moyes.

The versatile 19-year-old midfielder has been a regular for Manchester United’s Under-21s in a holding defensive midfielder role but his versatility has seen him play all across the midfield and defence when asked to be Warren Joyce.

Moyes’ decision to give Ekangamene a squad number ahead of United’s trip to Stoke City on Wednesday indicates that he feels he is ready to be given an opportunity with the first team.

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It is good to see Moyes giving Ekangamene a squad number because it really shows that he has every intention on following up on his promise to involve the youth at Old Trafford whenever he can.

A versatile midfielder, Ekangamene has progressed a lot in the last 12 months and although he is not ready for the senior squad on a full time basis yet, an experience in the Capital One Cup would be great for him.

United need midfielders and Moyes has done the right thing by giving a chance to those within the lower echelons of the club rather than simply thinking about making purchases.