Noam Emeran says he is injured and will miss remainder of United's academy season
When Manchester United signed Noam Emeran at the start of 2019 there were high hopes.
It took the Frenchman a long time to get started. Injury problems meant Emeran missed the entirety of the 2019/20 season.
Just seeing him in pre-season was a big step forward, and he has gone on to play 16 times for United’s under-18s this season.
Emeran missed the under-18s 5-1 win over Wolves at the weekend, and he has since posted on Instagram to confirm he won’t play the remainder of the campaign due to injury.
The youngster was reflective in his message, taking the positives that this has been a good campaign for him overall.
How has Emeran played?
Emeran has been a big part of United’s under-18s battle to win the division title.
He has scored five goals and provided six assists in his 16 league appearances. He also has two FA Youth Cup games under his belt.
The highlight of his season came in a dramatic 4-3 comeback win over Liverpool in December in which he provided two assists.
Emeran has played mainly on the left-wing, and he has been a lively performer, linking up well with his teammates.
His performances have also seen him progress into the under-23 squad.
Emeran has five under-23 appearances so far this season, including one start, and this is where he will play his football next season.
The 18-year-old will be asked to step up, and will have to raise his game accordingly. He missed a couple of chances in the under-23 defeat to West Ham which served as a reminder that he must be more clinical in front of goal. It was a useful lesson.
In all this was a perfect season for the young talent, featuring in 23 games across academy levels.
It was important to remember he was playing catch-up after losing a year to injury, and he has performed well.
Next season will be a tough one for him, but Anthony Elanga was in the same situation last season after a standout unbder-18s campaign saw him scratch the surface of under-23 football without making an impact.
Elanga has gone onto become a big player for the under-23s this season and has recently trained with the first team.
That should serve as inspiration for Emeran, who has a chance to become a name who United fans become more familiar with over the next 12 months.
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