Manchester United: Five for the future
A look at five Manchester United youngsters hoping to make the breakthrough at Old Trafford
Not many of Manchester United’s youngsters have made it through the ranks in recent years, after their class of '92 golden generation which included David Beckham, Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes.
Here, we look at five youngsters hoping to make the grade at United.
Michael Keane | Defender
Michael Keane, 20, is a right-back who can also play at centre-back.
He was voted United’s reserve team Player of the Year last campaign, scoring five goals from thirty appearances. He played in the centre of United’s defence in their thrilling 5-4 Capital One Cup defeat to a strong Chelsea side earlier this season, and hardly put a foot wrong.
Keane is currently on loan at Nigel Pearson's Leicester City, and his twin brother Will is also at United.
Keane has chosen to represent England over the Republic of Ireland and has played for the under-19s team.
Could we one day see two sets of twins in the United first-team with Rafael and Fabio also on the books?
Ryan Tunnicliffe | Midfielder
Ryan Tunnicliffe is a powerful midfielder who has been compared to Roy Keane, so he could be just what United have been lacking in recent years.
Tunnicliffe is currently on loan at Peterborough, who are managed by Sir Alex's son, Darren.
The 20-year-old is also capable of playing at right-back.
Marnick Vermijl | Defender
Marnick Vermijl is a Belgian right-back who can also play further forward.
He made his debut in the Capital One Cup win over Newcastle earlier this season and is a consistent performer.
Good going forward, Vermijl is one of several promising young right-backs at United currently, with Keane and also Frederic Veseli looking to impress at Old Trafford.
Vermijl, 21, is another youngster who can play across the defence or in midfield.
Mats Daehli | Midfielder
Mats Daehli, 17, is a skilful Norwegian midfielder who won last year’s prestigious Jimmy Murphy Young Player of the Year award at United.
He is highly regarded in Norway, has already played for United’s reserve team and scored four goals in 16 starts for their under-18 team last year.
Daehli was wanted by Bayern Munich and Ajax before joining United from Stabaek, where his coach described him as a combination of Xavi and Lionel Messi, so great things are expected.
Jack Barmby | Striker
Jack Barmby is the son of former England international Nick.
Equally as competent playing as a striker as on the left wing, Barmby has already featured for the England under-19s.
He scored in every round of the FA Youth Cup until United were knocked out in the semi-finals, and was top scorer last season with 13 goals.
Could he follow in his father's footsteps all the way to senior level?
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