While there is plenty for Manchester United fans to be excited about, this summer could be the tale of those that got away.
Much has been written about Angel Gomes. But it could ultimately be another young prospect that United regret losing the most.
Like Gomes, Largie Ramazani was offered a new contract to remain at Old Trafford but opted for a fresh challenge. And, if he fulfills his potential, it could be the latter who goes on to become a Premier League superstar.
Ramazani is a 19-year-old attacker who can operate anywhere across the front line. His versatility would have come in handy for United in the years ahead.
The problem was, he may have looked at the players ahead of him, and their ages, and wondered where his chance would come.
The emergence of Mason Greenwood proves that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is ready and willing to give youth a chance. And the fact that he wanted to keep Ramazani is testament to his talent.
Now, if he picks the right team, he could quite easily prove his worth and leave United frustrated at not blooding him sooner.
A better option than Chong?
Ramazani’s strongest position is on the left wing, where he scored seven goals and provided six assists for United’s youth sides prior to his exit.
He was prolific for United’s U23s this season, finding the net 11 times in just 18 appearances. Sometimes as a striker, and sometimes out wide, Ramazani never failed to impress.
And, interestingly, he could go on to become a far better player than another United prospect who did sign a new deal.
Fellow left winger Tahith Chong has struggled to make an impact at United thus far. But that did not stop them offering him a reported £30,000-a-week contract (Daily Mail).
With that deal signed, Chong has a lot to prove. But is he really that much better than Ramazani?
Only time will tell. But Chong looks lightweight and far from the deadly finisher United could have had in Ramazani.
Chong stayed and Gomes left. But it could be another United prospect entirely that goes on to have the best career of the lot.
It would be unfair to write Chong off completely so soon. After all, he had a good return for the second string. But he was never as prolific as Ramazani quickly became.
There were glimpses of what Chong can do directly before football’s lockdown. Now it feels like he has gone backwards given the strength in depth at United.
And therein lies the likely reason for Ramazani’s exit. He is good enough to play regular first-team football now. And a lucky club will soon benefit from that.
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