Can Dylan Levitt become Manchester United's breakout star?
Dylan Levitt barely had a summer break and nor does the 18-year-old need one.
After an early call up to Ryan Giggs’ Wales squad in June, which we predicted last October, he has been training with Manchester United’s first team this week.
The MEN reported he was one of six youngsters selected by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to report for first team training on Monday.
He is hoping to stake a claim for inclusion in United’s six pre-season matches.
Midfield is an area where United are crying out for new faces.
Levitt is one of the youngsters along with Ethan Hamilton, Angel Gomes, James Garner and even Arnau Puigmal who are hoping to follow Scott McTominay into the first team.
He is one of the youngest, and he will be full of confidence after his recent Wales call.
Giggs told United’s website: “He wants to get the ball down, wants to pass and get in different positions. He impressed me last week.”
Levitt also trained with United’s first team at the end of last season. He is on the fringes, and just needs a chance to show what he can do.
Last season Levitt played for both the under-18s and under-23s, finding the latter a trickier step up.
He netted five goals for the under-18s in 14 games and provided six assists. In nine under-23 matches he managed just one assist.
Levitt also scored two goals in United’s UEFA Youth League games, one coming against Juventus.
He would certainly benefit from another year with the under-23s, but sometimes a chance presents itself and a player takes it. We saw it with Marcus Rashford.
Levitt is the type of ball playing midfielder who would fit into Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s preferred style of play. This pre-season is a chance for him to make a name for himself.
We are not expecting him to propel himself to become a first team regular, but this could be the moment where he lays the groundwork for the rest of his career and pushes himself forward.
United badly need a talented midfielder to shake the team up. Levitt is about to get an opportunity to show it can be him.