While there was rightly plenty of talk this weekend over Arsenal handing Ethan Nwaneri his Premier League debut, a couple of Manchester United prodigies made huge leaps of their own.

14-year-old wonderkid Amir Ibragimov started for Manchester United’s under-18s in a league game against Stoke.

The highly rated talent was making his first competitive appearance for the under-18s. He had played and scored in a friendly match a week earlier.

United lost 1-0 to Stoke City, with 15-year-old Jayce Fitzgerald coming off the bench in the second half to make his under-18s debut.

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United coach praises Ibragimov

Manchester United head of player development Travis Binnion spoke to MUTV to explain the decision to involve both Ibragimov and Fitzgerald.

He expressed that the duo are simply so talented that United do not see the need to hold them back, and want to provide a new challenge.

Binnion said: “They are good players, it doesn’t matter what their age is, they need to get opportunities in the older age groups.

“I thought Amir was very good, Harrison Parker (16) played as well, its going to be a season of making sure we give opportunities to the younger players whilst still improving the whole group individually.”

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Binnion added that he was frustrated that United did not score or create enough chances, having also drawn a blank in a Premier League Cup group stage defeat to Aston Villa a week earlier.

United’s under-18s team has a new look this season, with the majority of last year’s FA Youth Cup winners now stepping up to the under-21s.

Manni Norkett has scored twice, with Ethan Williams, Ethan Wheatley and Sam Murray all on the scoresheet.

Ibragimov will get more chances as the season goes on. Binnion’s comments suggest his under-18s appearance was far from a one-off. United clearly have high hopes for him.

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