Breaking into Manchester United’s first team is a tough prospect for any young player. But if they are good enough, usually they make it.
The club’s is stacked with top midfield talent, especially if Eduardo Camavinga joins.
The Guardian reports United are in contact over a move for Camavinga, who could cost just £25.7 million.
Camavinga would go into the first team rather than the academy, and he could be joined by a few others.
There are two young midfielders on the fringes of the first team already, who have already made their debuts.
Camavinga would be among four potentially elite midfield talents
James Garner made his United debut in 2019 and could be set for his breakthrough season at Old Trafford this year. He excelled on loan last season and will be looking to make his mark and state his case in pre-season.
Hannibal made his debut on the final game of this past season and has gone onto make his international debut for Tunisia. A more attacking prospect than Camavinga and Garner, he is one of the club’s most exciting talents. He spent a bit of time playing out wide for the under-23s last season which will help him with first team minutes.
The third player to really get excited about is Isak Hansen-Aaroen. The young Norwegian is just 16 and put in a series of fantastic displays for the under-18s last season, also making his under-23 debut. It would not be a surprise at all if he made his United first team debut in 2021/22.
Add Camavinga to this group and United have reason to be really confident about the state of play in the club’s midfield in the future.
How these players will all fit in together with existing options remains to be seen, and will shake out over time. In the short-term it is very possible that Garner ends up going out on loan again if Camavinga arrives, while Hannibal may also be considered for a loan move.
Don’t forget the rest
By narrowing out these three players along with Camavinga we don’t mean to be dismissive of other talents. United have plenty of other talented prospects.
Dylan Levitt is a full Wales international who just featured at Euro 2020. Ethan Galbraith has represented Northern Ireland at senior level too. Both players are going to need successful loan moves to get into the picture at United’s first team level. But don’t discount either.
Zidane Iqbal is also one of the top under-18 prospects also likely to step up to the 23s this season and show what he can do. He ended the campaign with a flourish, netting four goals in his last five games.
Don’t cross off Charlie Savage either, Robbie Savage’s son, who could be a Scott McTominay-esque riser through the ranks based on sheer work ethic and application just as much the ability which saw him provide seven assists for the under-18s last season.
The depth United have is incredible and while not all of these players will make it as first team regulars, as some drop off, other rising stars like outstanding under-16s prospects Daniel Gore, will step up and take their place.
Camavinga is a very exciting young talent, and with him, United are going to be a lot stronger. But even if we miss out, there is enough talents in the ranks that United should be confident about the years ahead.
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