When you are a young goalkeeper at Manchester United, the prospect of breaking into the first team can seem daunting.

Manchester United signed Swedish prospect Johan Guadagno in 2019, snapping him up from IF Bromma.

Manchester United v Derby County: U18 Premier League
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Guadagno has made steady progress so far, featuring nine times for United’s under-18s last season and keeping two clean sheets.

In a bid to get an edge on the competition, Guadagno is spending part of his summer doing extra training. He showed his commitment by wearing a United kit while doing it too.

Crowded competition

Guadagno is among a crowded group of young goalkeepers in United’s academy. That’s part of why he started just nine under-18 games last season.

Under-18s coach Neil Ryan rotated Guadagno with Polish stopper Radek Vitek, and Northern Ireland prospect Dermot Mee.

Above them at under-23 level are Ondrej Mastny, Matej Kovar, and Nathan Bishop.

 

When there is just one first team starting spot up for grabs long-term, each of these young goalkeepers face fairly slim chances of going on to establish themselves as Red Devils’ number one.

But Dean Henderson has shown it can be possible. The England international is on the cusp, and could displace David de Gea next season.

Guadagno can take inspiration from that, and he may get a shot at under-23 football next season, having turned 18 in February.

It’s can be a long shot projecting the careers of young prospects, but keep an eye on Guadagno. He has the right attitude and could go far, whether that is at United or eventually elsewhere.

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