While focusing on the present is undoubtedly a priority for any club challenging for title honours, it’s the future that must also draw the gaze of a side like Manchester United, safeguarding their success in the years to come.
With the January transfer window comes speculation and, for a team on scale of the Red Devils, that gossip tends to come in as large a quantity as possible.
Sir Alex Ferguson has always shown himself to be a fan of nurturing the talent of tomorrow, and youthful acquisitions will undoubtedly play their part in his team in 2013.
For the record, the following 10 players have all been selected with myriad factors in mind including club, current development, age and perhaps most importantly, how likely they’d be to move.
Furthermore, to be considered as a candidate, the player must not have celebrated their 22nd birthday to still be considered a “youngster” in this context.
Bear in mind, this is more than a list of the top 10 starlets in world football, but more of an in-depth look at who Manchester United fans can realistically hope to see don a Manchester United shirt in the January window.
With that established, let’s get underway.