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Manchester United youngsters set for further first team exposure

Zaha and Lingard are tipped to do well at Old Trafford  (©GettyImages)
Zaha and Lingard are tipped to do well at Old Trafford (©GettyImages).

After Manchester United’s 2-2 draw with Cerezo Osaka, all United fans’ patience is running thin.

This clearly is not the start they expected from David Moyes, with the team so far having won one game, lost two, and drawn another, which all came against below par teams.

But Moyes is not looking to field his best team and thrash these sides 6-0 - not that he has the option to, with many stars being plagued with injuries. Moyes is instead giving all youngsters a chance to shine and prove themselves on the big stage.

And he has succeeded too. We take a look at some of the players who might break into the Manchester United first team this season.

Wilfried Zaha

The only thing the former Crystal Palace winger was missing so far was a goal, and he got that against Osaka. He has been highly impressive for Manchester United so far and has featured in all of their pre-season games. 

Playing as a right winger, he has displayed fantastic dribbling ability and has been able to put in crosses as well. This will provide relief to Manchester United fans, as Antonio Valencia and Nani have been out of form for some time.

Adnan Januzaj

A product of United’s youth academy, Januzaj has been brilliant on the left wing. With Ryan Giggs likely to retire sooner rather than later, and Ashley Young riddled with constant injuries, United needed someone fill in on the left flank, and Januzaj has done exactly that.

Jesse Lingard

Another player recruited from the youth academy, Lingard has shown such finesse and composure which is not usually found in a 20 year old player.

He operates well as an attacking midfielder, and will give serious competition to Shinji Kagawa and Tom Cleverley, and might even ease up the pressure on Michael Carrick.

All these players are still young and have a lot to learn, but if they live up to their potential they could be the face of Manchester United for years to come.

 

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