Manchester United’s under-23 team is looking far improved this season already.
That is despite Mason Greenwood stepping up to the first team and Angel Gomes and Tahith Chong barely featuring too for the same reason.
Last season United finished in sixth place in the under-23 Premier League Division 2 with eight wins from 22 games.
This campaign United are in second place with five victories from seven games. That’s progress.
So who have been the stars so far for the under-23s? Here is a look at our top five…
Where else can you start but James Garner? The central midfielder has shown he has got it all, with his goalscoring and passing abilities on full display.
Garner, 18, has scored six goals from midfield in seven games. Those are top striker numbers.
He is so good and so productive that the under-23s may not have him for long. A first team call is long overdue.
One of the effects of Garner’s headline grabbing goal contributions is that Levitt’s outstanding displays have flown under the radar.
He has been just as important, and his winning goal against Fulham highlighted how. He won the ball in midfield, drove forward, and finished the move off.
Garner and Levitt are working well as a partnership and this might be worth a shot together in the first team one day.
Young Belgian ace Ramazani has been United’s most improved player this season.
He has played across the frontline and stepped up to score on a regular basis. He has netted five times in eight games this season.
A first team chance may be a little way off for the 18-year-old, but he plays in a position where United are light on options, and if he keeps his form up, don’t rule it out.
Goalkeeper Matej Kovar really has been outstanding this season and is building a case to earn a loan spell away.
He has proved his point by keeping two clean sheets in the EFL Trophy against Football League sides.
He went through the season not conceding a goal in his first four appearances, also saving a penalty, and the Czech stopper’s progress deserves commending.
Mengi has been a real find, stepping up from United’s under-18 team.
The 17-year-old has looked at home for the under-23s, with his pace, aerial ability and reading of the game standing out.
United have also promoted 16-year-old Will Fish to play alongside him and the pair are forming an inexperienced but intriguing and promising partnership.
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