Largie Ramazani nominated for award after impressive under-23 performances

A goal per game in Premier League 2 for Manchester United this month has seen Largie Ramazani nominated for the competition’s Player of the Month award.

The Burundi-born, Belgian winger has come into his own in the 2019/20 season after stepping up to the under-23s. His nomination is a recognition of his fine form for Neil Wood’s side which has earned praise from fans and coaches alike.

Largie Ramazani nominated for Player of the Month award

Ramazani signed for United from Charlton Athletic in 2017. He enjoyed two decent seasons in the under-18s setup. Due to the talent of Mason Greenwood, Angel Gomes, Tahith Chong and many others, Ramazani wasn’t always a regular in the side, though he settled well into life at United.

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Now he’s moved up to the under-23s, Ramazani has begun to excel. He’s proved to be an effective and confident wide player who is continually contributing goals. In August, he scored in four of United’s five games in all competitions.

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When he rounded the goalkeeper against Stoke City in a 3-1 victory, it was his seventh goal in 10 games. His record before this campaign was just five goals in 41 games. It’s been a dramatic transformation and development. 

Ramazani should now be in consideration for a first-team chance. United’s UEFA Europa League campaign has been a good one so far. Wins against Astana and Partizan Belgrade mean they should qualify in good time. That may leave the final fixture away in Kazakhstan as a fantastic opportunity. It will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many of the players who travel, with United set to be closer to China than Western Europe in Nur-Sultan. It’s also possible that the game will be meaningless and United may have already qualified, or even topped, their group.

Ramazani could be given chance in Kazakhstan

If that is the case, Ramazani should be given an opportunity in the first team. Few would have predicted he would be ready for that if asked six months ago. But his development has been far better than anyone would have imagined. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer must be looking at the under-23s to try and find a player who can change United’s fortunes. Ramazani is unlikely to do that but a chance would be deserved.

Next up for United is a trip to Middlesbrough where Ramazani will play. Behind-closed-doors games and first team opportunities will prove key to his development. United only have two fixtures scheduled for November so any other chance to play 90 minutes would be good.

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Life-long Manchester United fan with a strong interest in the club's academy. Host of the Manchester United Weekly Podcast and United Through Time. First game at Old Trafford was the 7-1 rout of AS Roma in 2007.