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Manchester United Youth Prospects Who Could Break into the 1st Team This Season

Max TowleAnalyst INovember 2, 2016

Manchester United Youth Prospects Who Could Break into the 1st Team This Season

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    Manchester United will always produce future stars through its youth and reserves team.

    The Red Devils are known for their commitment to developing young players—a trend that thrived under former manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

    David Moyes is now in charge at Old Trafford and is sure to continue this tradition.

    Here are six United prospects who could break into the first team this season.

Adnan Januzaj

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    The hype currently surrounding United youngster Adnan Januzaj is deafening.

    The Belgian attacking midfielder has the potential to be a star for the Red Devils. He has fantastic vision, great ball skills and can turn on a dime.

    The 18-year-old stands a good chance of breaking into the first team next term. He already has a shirt number and was named on the bench for a Premier League game last season.

    Fans will get to see more of him during the Red Devils' preseason tour.

Marnick Vermijl

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    Right-back Marnick Vermijl has already made his debut for the Red Devils' first team, but he is not yet an established squad member.

    Like Januzaj, he is part of a new breed of young players coming out of Belgium—future stars who will stand the country in good stead going forward.

    At 21, the right-back is close to being ready to make the step up to the top level.

    He is coming off a fine season for the United reserves team, driving up and down the right flank with great gusto. 

Will Keane

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    It is unfortunate that injuries have stunted the development of Will Keane.

    The 20-year-old striker seemed poised for big things last term but ultimately spent the whole campaign on the sidelines nursing a knee ligament injury.

    Keane is a clinical finisher who thrives in the penalty area. He has been compared by some to United hero Ruud van Nistelrooy in this respect.

    With United already possessing a vast wealth of attacking options, he will have a tough time muscling his way into the team. But when fit, he will be deserving of opportunities next season. 

Andreas Pereira

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    Attacking midfielder Andreas Pereira is still young, but he is held in such a high regard at Old Trafford that next season could see him make his first-team debut.

    The 17-year-old Belgian is a creative midfielder who loves getting forward. His technical skill is exemplary.

    He has a prolific record playing for his country's youth teams across Europe.

    The boy only signed professional terms with the Red Devils at the beginning of 2013, but he is already being fast-tracked through the youth teams with great things lying ahead.

Tom Thorpe

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    Tom Thorpe emerged as one of the stars of the Manchester United reserves team last season.

    The central defender was a rock at the back, displaying plenty of poise and composure in a disciplined outfit.

    The 20-year-old has such technical ability that he has also been played in a defensive midfield role for the Red Devils. 

    Equally gifted on the ground and in the air, Thorpe could very well impress the defensive-proficient Moyes next term. 

Jesse Lingard

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    Jesse Lingard may not have had the best 2012/13 season for the United reserves team, but he is one of the lucky few to have been named in the first team's 2013 preseason tour squad.

    David Moyes will keep a close eye on whether the 20-year-old can replicate his excellent form of last offseason.

    A year ago, the attacking midfielder looked like a young Paul Scholes during the club's exhibition matches.

    He will need to improve his commitment to improving if that mighty billing is to be achieved. 



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