Could Tahith Chong make his Manchester United debut against Derby?
While Manchester United’s pre-season preparations did not go to plan, Tahith Chong’s performances at least generated some excitement.
The 18-year-old signed for United from Feyenoord in 2016 but he had to wait until this summer to make his mark with the first-team.
A left-footed right winger, Chong impressed against Club America in July, setting up United’s equaliser in a 1-1 draw. And fans fans will be hoping he gets a chance in the EFL Cup clash against Derby County this week.
United manager Jose Mourinho is likely to make changes following the disappointing draw with Wolves. And that could allow Chong to step out at Old Trafford for the first time.
While a start is unlikely, the young Dutchman could well be given a place on the bench. If things go United’s way, do not be surprise if Chong earns a second-half run-out.
He certainly deserves it, with United in desperate need of more speed and dynamism out wide. The right wing is one of the weakest areas in Mourinho’s squad, and Chong could be an unlikely saviour.
After scoring seven goals and providing seven assists in 21 appearances for United’s under-18s, Chong is now a regular with the second string.
A goal in the under-23s’ first match of the season against Fulham showed what he can do, and Old Trafford is crying out for a player with his penchant for the unpredictable.
United cannot afford to suffer a giant-killing on Tuesday evening, but they cannot ignore their next generation. As a result, it would be no surprise if Chong is named on the bench and, hopefully, given a chance to shine after the interval.