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5 Manchester United Youngsters David Moyes Should Give Time to

Rob BlanchetteFeatured ColumnistMarch 13, 2014

5 Manchester United Youngsters David Moyes Should Give Time to

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    It is fair to say that David Moyes' first season at Manchester United has been difficult.

    We have seen performance levels collapse, results fall through the bottom of the floor, and many of the team's top professionals start their demise with the club.

    However, there has been one bright spark for the Scotsman—a flame that burns bright, in line with the greatest traditions of United.

    The emergence of Adnan Januzaj has not just been to the boy's credit, but that of his manager's. 

    Januzaj has three goals from his first 21 appearances in a Red Devils shirt, per Squawka, and all the signs point towards stardom for the youngster.

    It is interesting that where so many have failed in a season of abject disappointment, Januzaj has conquered and succeeded under his new manager. 

    Moyes has been good for him and good to him, and the teenager has repaid that faith.

    So will the manager continue to plunder United's bank of youth and promote more into his squad?

    Here are five players Moyes will further develop in 2014/15.

Nick Powell

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    The outrageously talented Nick Powell is already known to Manchester United fans far and wide. 

    Arguably last summer, he was the player most expected to break through this year, but his name was replaced in the hearts and minds of Red Devils fans by a certain boy who can do anything called Adnan. 

    Against the wishes of many supporters who wanted to see Powell in the first-team squad this season, the player was sent out on loan to FA Cup holders Wigan Athletic to get some vital games at Championship level.

    In his 20 league matches this season, the midfielder has scored five times, per Squawka, and also bagged a further three goals in the Latics' short Europa League campaign.

    It was only in 2012 that Sir Alex Ferguson named Powell as Paul Scholes' heir apparent.

    The Mail quoted Fergie after the player's goalscoring debut for the club. He said:  

    Nick Powell is going to be a really good player. He has a great temperament, is two-footed and quick. He is a good physical specimen and has terrific vision. We hope Powell fills Paul Scholes' boots. For an 18-year-old boy it has been a terrific day.

    As Januzaj has, Powell is still the most likely of United's youngsters to break into the first-team squad.

    He has multitudes of skill, and if he can show the temperament that the young Belgian winger has, he will be knocking on the door of the starting eleven next year. 

    United need a midfielder like Powell: a player who can dominate a game from the centre but also link up with the attack.

    If the Reds can secure a top-class central midfielder in the form of a Toni Kroos or an Ilkay Gundogan, then the pressure will be off Powell and he can successfully integrate in the way that Januzaj has done this season.

Jesse Lingard

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    Warrington-born Jesse Lingard has been on the youth scene for many years after graduating through the United academy. 

    Still yet to make his full league debut for the club, the 21-year-old has been out on loan this season: previously with Birmingham City and currently with Brighton.

    In his 13 Championship matches for Birmingham, the attack-minded midfielder scored six goals, per Squawka, including his memorable debut against Sheffield Wednesday where he scored four times, netting a 13-minute hat-trick in the process. 

    Lingard can operate around all of the forward positions and has a slick finish in his armory. 

    He also has the ability to produce moments of spectacular wonder.

    Lingard's issue is that he plays in the same position that Wayne Rooney does and also where Juan Mata would like to play. 

    But as United's squad evolves in the next 12 months, Lingard could surprise many as a wide attacker in a 4-2-3-1 system, should Moyes choose to deploy the tactic more often. 

    Time will tell if the boy is good enough to play at the highest of levels, but Moyes should persist with Lingard for the next couple of seasons.

Michael Keane

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    The name of Keane is a famous one at Old Trafford, and its legend just might continue with a new generation giving praise to a new player with the same title. 

    Twenty-one-year-old Stockport defender Michael Keane has come on leaps and bounds in the last year and looks ready for Premier League football in 2014/15.

    The player has spent time at Championship level this season, out on loan at Derby County and now with Blackburn Rovers.

    This comes after a hugely successful loan spell at Leicester City the previous season where he would experience play-off heartbreak with the club. 

    Now an established England Under-21 international, Keane has the ability to play at both full-back and centre-back. 

    A late developer physically, he has improved since catching up. He is now over six feet tall and maturing further. 

    With the confirmed exit from the club of Nemanja Vidic and the expected farewells from both Rio Ferdinand and Patrice Evra, Keane is perfectly placed to find his way into United's defensive pool of players. 

    He might not be ready for the first team today, but next season could be his breakout opportunity in a red shirt.

Andreas Pereira

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    A YouTube video of Andreas Pereira describes him as "The Belgian Magician", and it is clear to see why.

    At just under a year younger than compatriot Adnan Januzaj, the then 17-year-old originally signed for United from PSV Eindhoven.

    Craig Hope of the Mail labelled the teenager as "the new Januzaj" in his article about the player and says the young lad describes himself as a "real No.10, setting up my team-mates, scoring goals and [with] a good shot."

    There is real excitement surrounding the creative midfielder, but he still has plenty of time to develop, with the years very much on his side.

    He is incredibly confident and comfortable with the ball at his feet, as his Brazilian roots would dictate, and he has an excellent dead-ball delivery. 

    The opportunity to train with Juan Mata next season will see the player grow even further. He is the perfect role model for Pereira's player type.

    As reported by the club's website, Pereira captained the 2013 Milk Cup-winning team and was voted Player of the Tournament. He scored three goals en route to the final and and was a magnificent example of leadership to his team mates. 

    He scored on his first full appearance at Old Trafford, curling home the winner against West Ham United in an Under-21 match.

    Pereira could well have superstar DNA. Now United just have to look after him the right way.

James Wilson

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    James Wilson is a goal machine.

    This fact was highlighted by the Manchester United club website.

    The young lad from Biddulph initially scored on his debut for the United Under-18 team: He was just 15 years of age at the time. 

    A broken ankle briefly halted his career, but he is well and truly back on track now.

    A clinical and composed operator, Wilson has showed consistently that he is destined for a career as a top-class goalscorer. 

    He has the ability and pace to operate out wide left, but as he grows and piles on the muscle, it is clear that striker will be his position. 

    And the ultimate accolade came from Reds legend Paul Scholes in December of last year. Richard Beech of the Mirror reported that Wilson was the first name from his lips.

    The former United midfielder said:

    There's quite a few [promising youngsters at Manchester United]

    To name names there's James Wilson at centre forward, Joe Rothwell at centre midfield, and Ben Pearson at centre midfield. There's a lot of talented players, a lad called Paddy McNair who's a centre-back.

    You never know with the rest of them too, because they all develop at different times, and hopefully they can all go on to have great careers in the game.

    The kid is already in the Under-21 team and banging in hat-tricks for United.

    How long will it be before the whole of the Premier League and the world knows his name?

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