5 Youngsters Manchester United Fans Can Be Excited About

Rob DawsonManchester United CorrespondentAugust 27, 2014

5 Youngsters Manchester United Fans Can Be Excited About

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    Manchester United haven't got off to the best start this season, but it's not all doom and gloom at Old Trafford.

    Louis van Gaal has got a history of fast-tracking youngsters into his first teams.

    Clarence Seedorf, Patrick Kluivert, Carles Puyol, Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Thomas Mueller and David Alaba are among those to have benefited from the Dutchman's faith in young players.

    United have their own history of promoting such players, from the Busby Babes to Fergie's Fledglings.

    Who are the youngsters United fans should be getting excited about this season?

    Here's a list of five young players who have a chance of reaching the top.

    Feel free to use the comments section below to agree, disagree or add your own. 

Adnan Januzaj

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    Adnan Januzaj might seem like an obvious choice, but he's still only 19 years old and just starting his second season as a fixture in the first-team squad.

    He played 35 games last season, but after going to the World Cup with Belgium and missing United's pre-season, he's still struggling to find his place under Van Gaal.

    That said, he's still got a genuine chance of being a superstar. He's not there yet, but his touch, technique and quick feet suggest it's possible if he continues to improve. 

Tyler Blackett

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    Tyler Blackett was part of the United squad that won the FA Youth Cup in 2011 alongside Ravel Morrison and Paul Pogba.

    However, it was only this summer that he broke into the first team. The 20-year-old defender impressed on the pre-season tour of the United States.

    It convinced Van Gaal to give him his debut against Swansea on the opening day of the season, and he kept his place against Sunderland.

    His place will come under pressure from new signing Marcos Rojo, but he has already shown he can cope with the rigours of senior football. 

James Wilson

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    If United fans didn't know much about James Wilson before he was unexpectedly given his first-team debut against Hull at the end of last season, they did by the end of the game.

    He played just 64 minutes at Old Trafford, but it was still time for the 18-year-old to score twice in a 3-1 win.

    Wilson, who was named the club's young player of the year last season, scored four in the Manchester Senior Cup final against Manchester City at the beginning of this season.

    He was also handed another chance in the first team after coming on as a second-half substitute against MK Dons in the Capital One Cup. 

Joe Rothwell

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    Joe Rothwell has been at United since he was six and signed his first professional contract at the beginning of last season. 

    The 19-year-old midfielder was one of the stars of the under-21s last season and has represented England's under-19s.

    He hasn't made his first-team debut yet, but with his ability on the ball and an eye for goal, it shouldn't be too long providing he can stay free of injury. 

Ben Pearson

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    Like Rothwell, Ben Pearson is yet to make his first-team debut. However, the 19-year-old midfielder's performances for the under-18s and under-21s suggest it's not far away.

    He's captained England's under-18s and has been compared to Paul Scholes on the club's official website.

    Both from Oldham, and sharing a love of intelligent passing, scoring goals and the tackle, it's easy to see why.