Erik ten Hag must consider including Manchester United academy talent Tom Wooster in his squad to face Wolves, so here is everything we know about the teen goalkeeper.
The Red Devils will start the 2023/24 Premier League season at home to Wolves on Monday night. But Ten Hag already faces a potential selection dilemma that could hand Wooster his Manchester United debut. The teenager has never featured in a competitive senior side yet.
Before the term has even started, Manchester United are juggling a number of injuries. Tom Heaton will now miss the start of the season with a muscle issue. He joined Dean Henderson on the sidelines after his thigh problem. Matej Kovar is also set to sign for Bayer Leverkusen, while Radek Vitek has also been battling a minor injury.
Kovar’s departure and injuries for Heaton and Henderson leave Andre Onana as Manchester United’s only fit established first-team goalkeeper. The Cameroon star is thus set to make his Premier League debut against Wolves. He left Inter Milan for £44m, rising to £47m, this July.
Ten Hag will need a backup, though, so must also consider including Wooster in Manchester United’s matchday squad against Wolves. He took a little look at the prospect in pre-season this summer. So, here is everything that we know about Manchester United gem Wooster…
Who is Tom Wooster?
Tom Wooster is a player in Manchester United’s academy. He could make a competitive senior squad for the first time when Ten Hag’s side start the 2023/24 Premier League season against Wolves. The Molineux club will travel to Old Trafford to lift the curtain on August 14.
The Red Devils signed Wooster from Barnsley’s Under-18 side as a youth talent in July 2021. His first full season with the Old Trafford outfit’s youth team also saw the goalkeeper get his first professional contract. The prospect put pen to paper on his newest terms in April 2022.
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Manchester United recognised the development that Wooster had shown over the 2021/22 season as a semi-regular U18 player. He has also spent time on a work experience loan with Bradford City’s Under-19 team. He won the EFL Youth Alliance North East with the Bantams.
Where and when was Tom Wooster born?
Manchester United youth talent Tom Wooster was born on March 30, 2005. He was born in Sheffield, Yorkshire and went on to join Barnsley’s youth ranks before joining the Red Devils.
What position does Tom Wooster play?
Tom Wooster has developed his fledgling career as a goalkeeper and has only played in that position for Manchester United. The youngster first piqued the Red Devils’ attention whilst honing his trade in the role with Barnsley. Now, he is on the fringes of Ten Hag’s first-team.
How good is Tom Wooster?
Tom Wooster is a highly-rated academy gem at Manchester United and also made Ten Hag’s plans in pre-season in 2023. The Dutchman named the former England U16 international on the bench for the Red Devils’ friendly against Athletic Bilbao. But Wooster did not feature.
The match in Dublin marked the first time that Wooster had travelled for any of Manchester United’s first-team games. Ten Hag fielded Heaton between the sticks as Facundo Pellistri’s late goal secured a 1-1 draw. Nico Williams had broken the deadlock during the first period.
Ten Hag elected to give Wooster the experience of a first-team travelling squad as a reward for his Under-18 exploits. The prospect played 10 times for the Red Devils’ U18s in 2021/22 and seven times during 2022/23. He is yet to make an appearance for their Under-21 team.
What has been said about Tom Wooster?
Wooster also spent the end of the 2022/23 season on loan with Ramsbottom United in the North West Counties League Premier Division. He joined the Rams in February 2023 and he saved a late penalty away to Workington AFC on Wooster’s debut to save his side one point.
Then-manager Lee Doanfee told Ramsbottom’s club website after Wooster’s debut: “Tom has settled in really well with the group in the two weeks that he’s been here.
“Making your debut away to Workington is always going to be a tough test. But I felt it was one that he came through with his head held high. Credit to him as his individual performance was very good and one that was matched by the rest of the lads.”
A loan spell in non-league marked the latest step on Wooster’s fledgling career. His CV also features Barnsley naming the promising goalkeeper as their Academy Player of the Year for the 2020/21 season. Wooster’s efforts that season secured his move to Manchester United.
Tom Wooster’s stats at Manchester United
Tom Wooster’s stats as a Manchester United player currently read without a first-team game ahead of his potential first inclusion in a competitive senior matchday squad against Wolves.
Under-18, Manchester United: 17 appearances, 0 goals, 0 assists
Under-21, Manchester United: 0 appearances, 0 goals, 0 assists
First-team, Manchester United: 0 appearances, 0 goals, 0 assists