Manchester United handed an under-23 debut to rising talent Will Fish in the recent victory over Fulham.
Fish, just 16, was selected as a starter at centre-back alongside Teden Mengi in United’s 1-0 win.
Mengi, 17, only made his debut last month in the away win over Newcastle. He now appears to be a regular at under-23 level.
Fish has a chance of also making the step up on a regular basis, certainly if his debut was anything to go by.
He looked assured in central defence and helped United keep a clean sheet, although this was part in thanks to goalkeeper Matej Kovar’s injury time penalty save.
Fish was born in Salford and hopes to keep up a tradition of local lads making it into United’s first team.
He was named in United’s under-19s UEFA Youth League squad last season at the age of just 15.
Fish has already captained United at under-16 level. He is strong in the air, standing already at over six feet tall and he reads the game well.
There was one moment against Fulham where a long ball came over he top, and most defenders would have headed it back upfield. Instead Fish nonchalantly placed a cushioned header down to the feet of partner Teden Mengi.
It was a sign of his confidence, and his desire to build from the back, a trait which was evident from his array of passing too.
Fish is comfortable diving into make a tackle when required, and made several key blocks to intercept crosses against Fulham.
From his under-23 debut, it was understandable why United’s coaching staff felt he was capable of stepping up a level, and he did not disappoint.
Fish has a very bright future, and more under-23 chances are going to come his way this season.
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