Manchester United are on a training camp in Spain preparing for two friendly matches to be played over the next week.

Erik ten Hag has taken 29 players on the trip, even with the majority of his first team squad away at the World Cup.

These include several under-21 and under-18 players, including the bulk of last season’s FA Youth Cup winning side.

The goal for the players in the short-term is to earn an opportunity to start in United’s Carabao Cup tie against Burnley on December 21

So lets’s break down which young players have the best shot of featuring in the match at Old Trafford, position by position…

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Young players who could step up for Carabao Cup clash

One of David de Gea, Martin Dubravka or Tom Heaton will start in goal, so there are no opportunities here.

Brandon Williams is expected to make his return to the side and start at left-back, with Luke Shaw and Tyrell Malacia both away.

Right-back is a position where young talent Marc Jurado is in contention. Aaron Wan-Bissaka is ahead in the queue, but he has failed to win Erik ten Hag over.

Jurado has been in strong form for United’s under-21s this season and could earn a place on the bench – or even in the starting XI.

At centre-back the big topic of discussion will be who partners Victor Lindelof in central defence, with three preferred options all at the World Cup. Axel Tuanzebe is still unfit.

Teden Mengi could have the best shot. He has first team experience for United, but don’t rule out Tyler Fredricson, Dishon Bernard or Rhys Bennett – or even Scott McTominay dropping to centre-back.

In midfield it will likely be McTominay and Donny van de Beek. But the Dutchman could be pushed forward, to accommodate breakout talent Kobbie Mainoo – who made the first team bench last month.

Zidane Iqbal proved himself in pre-season too, and he is also going to be in with a shout, especially if McTominay finds himself dropped back into defence.

If Van de Beek plays a deeper role, then look out for Shola Shoretire to make the starting XI, with Isak Hansen-Aaroen in line behind him.

In attack we are already classing Alejandro Garnacho as a first team player so he does not count when considering who could ‘step up’.

The player most likely to make the leap is Charlie McNeill, who could find himself second choice to Anthony Martial as striker for the fixture.

McNeill has already made his first team debut under Ten Hag, and is ahead of Joe Hugill in the pecking order. Even if he doesn’t start, presuming Martial is still fit by the 21st, McNeill should be on the bench.

Summary: Look out for Marc Jurado, Teden Mengi, Kobbie Mainoo, Zidane Iqbal, Shola Shoretire and Charlie McNeill to all be involved in the Carabao Cup tie later this month.

But it’s not a closed door. The players have two friendly matches before then to impress, and other names like Dan Gore, Noam Emeran or Charlie Savage could put themselves into the mix too.

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