Tahith Chong’s presence in the United under-23 side last night was a hint he will not be starting for the first team on Wednesday.
Chong had started for United against Rochdale in an earlier Carabao Cup round, and might have hoped to get the call for the quarter-final against Colchester.
He responded to this possible setback in the best way, by doing everything he could to get Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to change his mind and at least name him on the bench this week.
Chong played a starring role as United beat Reading 4-1, and he got on the scoresheet.
The Dutchman scored an impressive individual goal, and provided an assist for Aliou Traore to score.
Like there are two Chongs
Tahith Chong is one of United’s biggest enigmas. He is a different player for the under-23s and for the first team.
Last night’s efforts saw him make it six goals and seven assists for the under-23s this season.
For the first team he has failed to make any type of positive impact, he’s been really disappointing. The low point was his missed open goal against Astana from two yards out.
He has responded to this really well, upping his game for the under-23s since, scoring four goals in three matches.
Last week he was given another runout against AZ Alkmaar off the bench, although that didn’t really pan out successfully either for him.
It’s frustrating, as last night showed once again he has talent, and there’s a player there.
His expiring contract leaves his United career at a crossroads. Signing a new deal and heading out on loan in January would be a sensible solution.
United fans continue to be puzzled by Chong
Is Chong really any good? Can he produce this form at first team level? Will he stay at United long enough for us to find out? Answers on a postcard please…
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