D'Mani Mellor pictured kicking a ball as comeback nears

D’Mani Mellor is making positive steps as he plots his comeback after a serious injury.

The Manchester United youngster suffered an ACL tear last summer, just as pre-season began.

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It came after four months out due to lockdown, and Mellor’s career has effectively been on hold for a year and a half.

The good news is Mellor is back kicking a ball again. He posted a video on his Instagram feed curling a shot into the top corner during a practice session with pals.

Tough challenge ahead

Mellor’s recovery is impressive, but he has a really tough challenge ahead of him to get his career back on track.

While he made his Manchester United debut against Astana in 2019, breaking into the first team is a seriously tough task.

Mellor’s contract situation at United is unclear and if he is retained then he will go into the under-23 team.

The under-23s have more strike competition than ever with 17-year-olds Charlie McNeill and Joe Hugill stepping up. Mellor, 20, will do well to hold them off.

Regardless of what happens at United for him, it is a positive to see Mellor has made a good recovery and is back playing football again.

D’Mani Mellor: What you need to know

  1. Mellor plays as a striker and was born in Manchester

    He signed his professional contract in September 2018

  2. Hat-trick hero

    Mellor’s best performance in the academy came as he bagged a hat-trick in the final game of the under-18 season against Everton in 2018/19.

  3. Strong under-23 record

    Mellor has a tally of eight goals in 13 under-23 games this past season.

  4. First team breakthrough

    Mellor made his debut away at Astana in the Europa League. He played the final 25 minutes of the match, replacing Tahith Chong

  5. Missed 2020/21 season

    He suffered an ACL injury in summer 2020, ruling him out for the entire season.

  6. Loan at Salford

    Mellor spent the first half of 2021/22 on loan at Salford, but only played twice before the deal was terminated.

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