Dylan Levitt was pulling the strings as Manchester United’s under-23 side won against Sunderland last night.
The Black Cats’ youngsters couldn’t get near United’s captain who looked in a different league in the game at Old Trafford.
Since James Garner has moved up to the senior side, Levitt has become the key orchestra in Neil Wood’s side and with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Mike Phelan in attendance, Levitt showcased his full range of passing ability.
United won the game 3-0 thanks to a brace from the impressive Largie Ramazani and a clinical finish from Ethan Galbraith.
But it was Levitt who dictated the tempo of the match and it was his perfectly weighted long-ball that found Ramazani.
Levitt’s eye for a pass was crucial in opening up a stubborn Sunderland defence who put 10 men behind the ball from the very first whistle.
Senior debut could be close
Levitt will be hoping to be included in the travelling squad for the Europa League tie against Astana after an impressive evening’s work.
With Scott McTominay ruled out for the upcoming games, there could be an opportunity for Levitt to be reunited with his former midfield partner Garner at senior level.
There also home games to come against AZ Alkmaar and Colchester United in the Carabao Cup that Levitt could be targeting game time in.
He will get another chance of senior football in the trip to Tranmere Rovers in the last 32 of the EFL Trophy.
But with Paul Pogba no closer to a return and Nemanja Matic lacking fitness and form, Levitt has a great opportunity to stamp his own imprint on the first team.
There were times against Sunderland where Levitt looked bewildered at how much time he had on the ball.
There is almost an argument to be made that Levitt has already outgrown under-23 football similar to the likes of Tahith Chong, Brandon Williams, Angel Gomes, Mason Greenwood and Garner.
Levitt is only going to improve by being tested on the big stage, but he has shown he has wonderful range of passing and the vision to pick out darting runs.
His performance last night showed that he deserves a chance, Solskjaer will know that himself, the Norwegian may have already identified a fixture which has been earmarked for Levitt’s senior debut.
Lets hope it is sooner rather than later.
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