17-year-old prospect Will Fish has been one of the unheralded stars of Manchester United’s under-23 season so far.

Fish has played every minute at centre-back across the six games, partnering a variety of teammates from Di’Shon Bernard to Marcos Rojo.

Add in the two appearances in the EFL Trophy too, and Fish has eight starts, captaining the side in three of them.

It is great experience for the teenager, who has only been overshadowed by the even more rapid rise through the ranks of teammate Teden Mengi.

Salford v Manchester United U21 - EFL Trophy
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Fish has a chance to become a star in his own right and the teenager showed just why with an unbelievable passage of defensive play in training this week.

The video was shared online by under-23s teammate Ethan Laird via Instagram.

The video shows Laird slide tackling Hannibal Mejbri when through on goal, making a clearance, before making two more sliding blocks to prevent goals.

No wonder he slid off in celebration like he had just scored a goal himself…

This short clip encapsulates why Fish is such a big talent and why United were so keen to promote him last season to under-23 level.

It has not always been easy for him for the under-23s playing against older players, but that’s the point, United want to test him, and he is rising to the challenge.

He is likely to be in action next week as United face Morecambe in the final EFL Trophy group game.

With a win and a draw so far, Fish’s United are yet to concede a goal. A draw against Morecambe would be enough to finish top of the group.

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