While Teden Mengi was making his first start out on loan last night, Manchester United academy teammate Di’Shon Bernard was making his 15th.
Bernard is a couple of leagues lower down, playing regularly for Salford City in League Two.
Last night he played a key role in helping Gary Neville’s Salford to a 1-0 win over Barrow. It was a victory which lifted them into fourth place in the division and into the play-off spots.
Bernard’s excellent season could end in promotion. He is flourishing under a management team consisting of Richie Wellens and assistant Warren Joyce, two men with Old Trafford connections.
The 20-year-old centre-back was Salford’s man-of-the-match, per WhoScored.com.
Bernard won seven aerial duels, more than any player on the pitch.
He also won two tackles and made three interceptions, making three clearances.
Bernard has really settled into playing regular competitive football. He has two goals and two assists from centre-back this season too.
It’s unclear what the future holds for him at United. The path to action at centre-back is far from clear, especially with Mengi and Azel Tuanzebe in the mix and United likely to sign a new player in the position this summer.
Nonetheless, Bernard is staying positive and is just happy to see where his journey takes him.
In an interview with PA this week, Bernard said he is content developing at his own pace.
Bernard said: “Growing up as a lad everyone wants to go from 23s straight into the first team But you have to realise not everyone’s like that. Not everyone’s going to be like, for example, Mason Greenwood – who just goes into the first team and absolutely smashes it.
“Sometimes you have to go out on loan and learn your trade and stuff, and then come back and see what happens.”
Right now he has been given a challenge and he is passing it with flying colours. Ending the season with promotion could put the icing on the cake.
Whether he has a future at United or not, Bernard looks to be set up for a successful career.
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