Manchester United players are back in pre-season training with several youngsters mixing in and hoping to show what they are capable of.

One of these is young winger Noam Emeran, who faces a decisive season as he looks to carve out a career in professional football.

Manchester United signed Noam Emeran from French side Amiens in 2019. He cost a small fee of around £1.5 million, although Transfermarkt say this could increase with add-ons, none of which have been met so far.

Emeran is expected to feature in some of United’s pre-season campaign and will be looking to show what he can do.

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Noam Emeran situation

Noam Emeran is under contract until June 2024. Manchester United have an option to extend to 2025.

When he signed his renewal in 2022 he wrote on Instagram: “There have been many amazing moments on and off the pitch but also some difficult times with injuries.

“I have received so much support from the club. I’m giving everything everyday to repay that faith they have shown in me.”

Despite hope he might head out on loan last season, Emeran remained at United. A slow start to the campaign saw him make only one start for the under-21s before the World Cup.

Emeran finished the season in terrific form, with four goals in his final three games. He netted five times overall. It was almost a case of ‘too little too late’, but it at least prevented his campaign from being a total write-off.

What is next for Noam Emeran

Having finished the season in such strong form, Emeran will be keen to pick up where he left off. This could lead to him making a real impression in pre-season.

Erik ten Hag is aware of him, having selected him as a substitute in one of the club’s winter friendlies in Spain.

At 20, what the winger needs is a loan move. This would enable Emeran to take the leap forward and demonstrate he is worthy of United triggering a one-year extension, or just letting him leave on a free next summer.

The year ahead is a decisive one. Emeran needs to take his next steps forward in professional football and he has nothing more to gain from another year in United’s academy.

Making the leap to Manchester United’s first team is a long shot – but he can change this narrative with a stellar pre-season campaign, and make a real name for himself, and alert clubs who may want to sign him on loan.

Noam Emeran: The story so far

January 2019: Emeran signed for United from Amiens. The Sun reported United beat competition from Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain.

2019/20: Emeran’s first season at United was a write-off due to injury. While the campaign was cut short, he did not make his under-18s debut until the following season.

2020/21: Emeran started playing consistently for United’s under-18s side and made a strong impression. This included two assists in a 4-3 win over Liverpool. He scored five goals and provided six assists in 16 games, and was also called up to make his under-23s debut, playing five times. His season was cut short in the final month due to injury.

2021/22: The young winger began the season injured and only made three substitute appearances for the under-23s in the first half of the campaign. Emeran has since kicked on, re-establishing himself as a regular starter, shaking off his injury troubles to feature in 11 consecutive league games. He scored two goals, including a strike at Old Trafford against Arsenal. He has also trained with the first team.

2022/23: Having signed a new contract, Emeran stayed at United and featured for the first team briefly in a winter friendly. He missed several matches in the first part of the season before finishing strong, netting four goals in his final three games.

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