Three Manchester United youngsters who could make FA Cup squad this weekend

Some of Manchester United’s exciting teenagers will be hoping to feature in the FA Cup.

This weekend, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side kick off their competition with a third-round clash against Watford.

After missing out on a League Cup final, United will not want to suffer a giant-killing in their very next game. But Solskjaer is still likely to rotate.

While some very famous faces should take to the field against the Hornets, a few United teenagers could also make the squad.

Here are three possible options from the club’s under-23s, with Facundo Pellestri reportedly ruled out.

Teden Mengi

Talented centre-back Teden Mengi has been training with United’s first team this week. So a place in Saturday’s squad looks likely.

Harry Maguire needs a rest while Victor Lindelof is managing a back injury so one could be replaced by Axel Tuanzebe in the starting XI.

It would be bizarre to see Eric Bailly start when he was dropped for the City clash but only time will tell. That leaves Mengi, who should be in the squad after some fine performances for the U23s.

The 18-year-old captains the second string and deserves a first-team bow soon.

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Anthony Elanga

With the Mirror reporting that Pellestri won’t feature, another young attacker could take his place.

Anthony Elanga could cover on the right – as Pellestri would have – but the former has a lot of strings to his bow.

Elanga can play wide left but he has been making real waves up front recently.

The 18-year-old Swede has 10 goals and eight assists in 29 games for United’s U23s and he could benefit from Edinson Cavani’s suspension.

Solskjaer is likely to go strong up front but there could be a place on the bench for someone desperate to catch his eye.

Shola Shoretire

16-year-old winger Shoretire is an attacking option who may benefit from Pellistri’s absence.

Just getting into the squad would be a major step forward for the youngster.

He trained with the first team over the festive period and had a chance to impress Solskjaer and the first team coaches.

Shoretire has been a regular for the under-23s this season and United are keen to keep testing him.

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Vincent is the Senior Managing Editor of Freshered. He was previously Head of Sixth Form at a secondary school in Kent, where he worked with hundreds of 16 to 19-year-olds over eight years.