According to the latest reports, the Manchester United backroom staff expect this youngster to make a breakthrough to the first team.
At Old Trafford there is a long stretching and perpetually enduring philosophy. It is the promotion of youth. It was birthed by Sir Matt Busby, Manchester United’s pioneer, who was one of the first people to establish an academy set-up in England and it was resurrected by Sir Alex Ferguson in the 90s.
Busby’s actions reaped rewards with a plethora of success and his team were often dubbed the ‘Busby Babes’ due to the number of young players in the squad.
Over the years as Busby departed, perhaps the club’s ethos was lost somewhat by the longing for success.
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However, when Sir Alex Ferguson arrived at Old Trafford, he dully reignited the club’s emphasis on youth.
The Class of 92, and a whole plethora of young starlets established their names under Sir Alex Ferguson. The Scotsman’s ability to promote youth was an integral part of his success.
Now under a new era, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has looked to emulate the recipes of his legendary predecessors.
Under the Norwegian’s management, the club has seen a resurgence in the emergence of academy talent.
The likes of Brandon Williams and Mason Greenwood have come through the ranks at Old Trafford since the beginning of Solskjaer’s reign. The Norwegian has also helped to hone the skills of academy graduates, Scott McTominay and Marcus Rashford who have played the best football of their career under his management.
And now according to Manchester Evening News another one could soon follow suit. In an exclusive interview with the Manchester based outlet, United U23 coach Chris Wood revealed that he the goal is to ‘try and get’ Mengi ‘into the first team’ and ‘do a Brandon’ referring to Brandon Williams’ surge into the first team this season.
Teden Mengi is a centre back who is composed on the ball and commanding in the air. He has been hugely impressive in United’s academy and one of the standout performers.
At just 18 years of age he has plenty of time to make a breakthrough. And with Solskjaer’s trust in youth, he has the perfect environment at Old Trafford in order to do so.
Are you excited to see Teden Mengi in the first team?