Manchester United are building a team for the future.
Since taking over the managerial job at Manchester United following the banishment of Jose Mourinho, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has shown immense faith in academy prodigies, giving the likes of Mason Greenwood and Brandon Williams some hefty minutes under their belts in the senior outfit.
Not only Greenwood and Williams, but James Garner, Tahith Chong, Ethan Laird are believed to be the frontrunners in terms of donning the prestigious Mancunian shirt for the forthcoming seasons.
Since Solskjaer became the full-time manager at Manchester United, there has always been the talks of building a team for the future. And with the 2019-20 season edging towards a happy ending for United, supporters are ready to back their manager in what has so far proved to be a topsy-turvy mission for the 47-year-old gaffer.
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Ed Woodward, the Manchester United chief, on the other hand, has provided Solskjaer with his preferred signings, believing that the club is currently going through a “cultural reboot”.
While talking about the culture of the club, the Red Devils devotees have had witnessed many successful United sides over the years.
However, Matt Busby’s “Busby Babes” and Sir Alex Ferguson’s “The Class of ’92” have truly epitomized why a Man United manager should not ignore United’s academy graduates — and at least Solskjaer is in no mood to overlook the talent the widely-known academy has been producing lately.
According to a recently-emerged story via Daily Star, Manchester United have rejuvenated their U18 squad by adding eight new names to the roster — amongst which United’s youth side have three new arrivals.
The list includes the highly-touted stars like Shola Shoretire (forward), Rhys Bennett (defender), Oliver Kilner (defender), Omari Forson (midfielder), Daniel Polakowski (goalkeeper) — all of them have come through United’s youth ranks.
The additions of Logan Pye (defender) and Joe Hugill (forward) from Sunderland and Radek Vitek (goalkeeper) from Sigma Olomouc in the Czech Republic have also been confirmed by United’s Under-18s’ manager, Neil Ryan.
United’s U18 side were enjoying a decent run of form, gaining a berth in the FA Youth Cup semi-finals prior to the lockdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Unfortunately, their dreams of holding the trophy would not materialise, owing to the early cancellation of the particular competition.
Nevertheless, the ‘new-look’ squad seems fresh, and everyone is looking forward to the next campaign.
What is your stance on United’s youth development under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s guidance?