Teden Mengi debut would cap remarkable rise for 17-year-old

Teden Mengi is one of the players in contention for a first team debut against Astana.

It caps a remarkable rise for the teenager who is quickly establishing himself as one of Manchester United’s most exciting prospects.

Mengi is just 17-years-old and if he starts then he could become United’s youngest ever European debutant.

Born in April 2002, he is six months younger than Mason Greenwood, who became United’s youngest ever European scorer earlier this season.

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Remarkable rise

Mengi is a centre-back who has the physical attributes to cope with senior football.

He is well built, he is strong in the air, and he reads the game well. Most importantly, he is good with the ball at his feet and happy to play out from the back.

He has been constantly pushing the boundaries at United, breaking into the under-18s two season ago when he was just 15-years-old.

He played regularly for the under-18s last season and began the campaign with the team.

He has benefitted from Lucas Ercolani suffering an ACL injury and he has stepped into the under-23s without missing a step.

At times he has played alongside an equally inexperienced partner, 16-year-old Will Fish, and continues to play at a high level.

Last week he trained with United’s first team squad, which in itself was a sign of how highly rated he is.

His call up into the first team for this Europa League game does not come as a surprise, even though regular first team football is a little way off.

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Will he play?

Mengi is most likely competing with two young teammates for one spot alongside Axel Tuanzebe in central defence.

He is up against Max Taylor, 19, and Dishon Bernard, 18, who are each hoping to make their own first team debuts.

It is possible United play three at the back, which would give Mengi a better chance of playing.

Simply being there is a big achievement for Mengi at this stage of his career. But now he is there, he will want to make the most of his opportunity.

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