Omari Forson made his first appearance of the season for Manchester United’s academy sides since August last night.
Forson played a prominent role in pre-season for Manchester United’s under-23s, scoring in a win over Hearts.
The young winger then signed his first professional contract in early August.
After starting the opening league fixture for the under-23s against Leicester, a 2-2 draw, Forson has spent the past two months on the sidelines.
With just 67 minutes of action to his name all season, Forson made his return as a late substitute in the EFL Trophy defeat to Sunderland.
Forson, 17, made a name for himself late last season when he stepped up to the under-23 side at just 16.
On his debut for the under-23s he provided two assists and scored one goal in an entertaining win over Derby.
It underlined the high potential he has, and looked to set him up for a breakthrough campaign this season.
But injury has held him back during the opening two months of the campaign.
It did last season too. An injury saw Forson miss time between November and March and restricted him to just 13 league appearances for the under-18s.
Despite this he was still able to score five goals and provide five assists, a healthy return.
His late cameo against Sunderland did not give him too much opportunity to do much.
United were already 2-1 down and chasing the game. But for Forson it was still a good experience to get back on the pitch again, and to feature in a game at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light.
Forson will now look to stay fit and work his way back into the under-23 set up.
United have won three consecutive league games for the under-23s and so it may be a case of not starting right away. But Forson will get his chances.
He turned 17 in July and is still ahead of schedule for where he should be. That shows how highly United rate him, that he is even playing under-23 football at this point, similar to Shola Shoretire a year ago.
The under-23s face Blackburn on Saturday and it is a bonus to have Forson back. There is plenty of time to make up for lost time.
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