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Manchester United: Top three youngsters

Powell looks set for a bright future at Old Trafford (©GettyImages)
Powell looks set for a bright future at Old Trafford (©GettyImages).

It's widely regarded that one of the primary reasons David Moyes was chosen as the successor to Sir Alex Ferguson was that he would continue the long standing tradition of promoting talented youth players from the academy. 

Here I take a look at three of the best youth players at Manchester United at the moment.

Mats Daehli

United fought off stiff competition from the likes of Ajax and Bayern Munich to sign Daehli, who is an 18-year-old midfielder who can play in a variety of positions, including behind the striker or out on either wing. 

He is known for his close control, dribbling and vision and much is expected of him in the future.

These talents culminated in him winning the Jimmy Murphy Young Player of the Year award in his debut season at the club, which is awarded to the best player in the youth system at United. 

His former coach Morten Tveit described him as being “one of the best players in Europe in his age group. He is the best player I have seen at his age and I have seen a lot of International players at his age. He can be a little bit Messi, a little bit Xavi.” This is high praise indeed.

He reminds me a bit of Luka Modric in terms of his playing style, as he is agile, creates space for others and is so comfortable on the ball and as United are linked with Modric, why sign him, when they have a younger and more hungry version in their academy. Hopefully Moyes will give him a run out next season.

Nick Powell

Since making his debut for Crewe Alexandra at the age of 16, it has been clear to see that Powell was destined for the top. With a catalogue of fantastic goals including the one in the Play-Off Final which resulted in promotion, it was only a matter of time before the big clubs came calling. Eventually he decided to sign for United in a fee believed to be around £6 million. 

As well as a talent for scoring sensational goals, he is composed on the ball and at 6 foot, he is not easily bullied.

He has represented England at all youth levels so far and having scored on his debut after coming off the bench against Wigan earlier this season, he is one to watch out for next season.

Adnan Januzaj

Januzaj is yet another fantastic Belgian youngster, equipped with supreme dribbling skills, an eye for goal and real flair, much is expected of the young Belgian. 

Capable of playing on the wing or behind the striker, Adnan was held in high regard by Sir Alex who described him as a “beautifully balanced player”. In addition he also said in an interview with the Independent that “Nick Powell and Adnan Januzaj were in the reserves on Monday and you say to yourself—these are definite Manchester United first-team players".

Generally starting on the right he likes to cut in onto his favoured left-foot and wreak havoc. He also happens to be brilliant at taking set-pieces, which brings back memories of former Manchester United academy graduate David Beckham. With the current United wingers lacking form, if Adnan impresses during pre-season, Moyes might give him a chance next season.

 

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