Manchester United’s squad is set to be tested to the limit over the next fortnight.
There are three league games in the next five days, plus a further two more league matches a week later.
United hopefully will wrap up a top four place with minimum fuss, the side are already in a strong position.
There are a number of fringe players waiting for their chances, including the likes of Donny van de Beek and Axel Tuanzebe.
Beyond this, United have an extra cohort of players waiting for opportunities. The under-23 season finishes this coming Monday, and these talented players will be looking to end the season in the first team.
Not including Amad, who we would put among the first team fringe players, we have taken a look at six under-23 players who could possibly get a first team chance over the next fortnight…
Shola Shoretire has been a revelation this season. He has 10 goals and six assists for United’s under-23 team, and became one of the club’s youngest ever players when he made his first team debut in February.
Shoretire has a strong chance of featuring towards the end of the campaign.
Hannibal is another player who, while rough around the edges, looks to be a real diamond.
He trained with the first team again this week and leads the under-23s for assists this season with seven. The next few weeks provide a great chance to bring him through for his debut.
Anthony Elanga is the under-23s top scorer (including EFL Trophy games) despite missing three months with a collarbone injury.
There is a place for him in United’s XI, with Marcus Rashford needing a rest on the left wing. He is probably the most likely player of all five to feature over the run of fixtures remaining.
Midfield star Ethan Galbraith has not had the breakthrough season he might have hoped for, but he has been a consistently strong player for the under-23s.
He scored a long range rocket of a goal this past week which may put him back on the first team radar, and there is a chance he gets a few minutes, if Solskjaer finally chooses to give Fred and Scott McTominay a much needed rest.
Joe Hugill or Charlie McNeill
A wildcard choice, Joe Hugill has 16 goals for both academy teams this season, and with 10 of them coming for the under-23s, he is ahead of Charlie McNeill in terms of development.
Hugill did miss the last under-23 game, and if this is fitness related, then there is a chance McNeill could be rewarded for his 22-goal campaign for the under-18s by getting some first team minutes.
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