We’ve already taken a look at who may break through into the Manchester City first-team squad next season. Now it’s the turn of local rivals Manchester United.
Man United will be looking to build on last season’s post-coronavirus break form as they look to close the gap on the top two of Man City and Liverpool.
Infact the Red Devils unbeaten run in the Premier League goes back to the 1st February 2020. It’s no coincidence that this was Bruno Fernandes’s debut, and the Portugal International will no doubt be a key man once again next season.
It was a promising season for some of United’s youngsters as they looked to establish themselves more regularly in the first team.
Scott McTominay making 27 Premier League appearances as he formed an excellent early season partnership with Fred. He also chipped in with four goals, including a brilliantly controlled long-range finish in the Manchester derby against Man City.
Brandon Williams proved he was more than capable of filling in at left-back for Luke Shaw. The 19-year-old made 36 appearances in all competitions last year, adapting well to being asked to play in several different positions down the left-hand side.
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The 19-year-old made 6 first-team appearances last season, including three starts in the Europa League group stages.
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is a big fan of the youngsters’ simple style of play.
Speaking after he came off the bench and made his debut against Crystal Palace last year, Solskjaer said, “I believe he’s got the chance to have a great future,”
“I know he’s young and I know it’s not fair on kids to compare to great players like Michael (Carrick) was, but he’s the same mould, he plays simple passes, plays through the lines.”
He impressed during Aston Villa’s promotion to the Premier League during the 18-19 season, and his performance in the 19-20 pre-season tour 1-0 win over Inter Milan prompted Ole to say that, “Axel is going to be the future of this club.”
High praise indeed and so the stage was set for the centre half to compete for the chance to partner new signing Harry Maguire at the back.
Unfortunately, injuries kept him out for most of last season, but once back to fitness in September the 22-year-old can certainly be back pushing for that spot alongside Maguire.