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What happened to the five Man United academy players tipped for success in 2015

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Manchester United prides itself on its academy.

When Marcus Rashford was named in the squad to take on Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League on October 28, it marked 3,883 consecutive matches that a Man United youth team graduate had been selected in the match day squad.

There have been fears that, with the continuing rise of foreign signings, the streak, which began in October 1937, could soon be brought to an end.

Indeed, the arrival of Chilean Alexis Sanchez doesn’t look promising for Rashford.

But the impressive form of Jesse Lingard, who joined the club’s academy at the age of seven, is likely to ensure that the impressive streak lives on for some time yet.

The Mirror's five to watch out for from 2015

Jose Mourinho handed Scott McTominay, 21, his Champions League debut in October and there is also a lot of hype surrounding 17-year-old Angel Gomes.

But what about those tipped to be the next big thing?

Back in 2015, the Mirror named five Man United youngsters who they told football fans to watch out for.

The newspaper even asked whether they could be the next Class of 92, following in the footsteps of David Beckham, Ryan Giggs and co.

Ben Pearson

Pearson was described as “a destroyer in the middle of the park who can also combine the dirty work with tidy passing”.

Sounds a little like Paul Scholes.

Things didn’t pan out for him at Old Trafford, though. After spending the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons out on loan at Barnsley, Pearson, 23, joined Preston North End on a permanent deal in 2016.

Preston North End v Newcastle United - Pre Season Friendly

Demetri Mitchell

Mitchell made his senior Man United debut in the final game of last season, starting against Crystal Palace.

The Mirror were incredibly excited by Mitchell, writing: “Fast, skilful and oozing technique, Mitchell can use both feet and has starred for the Manchester United Under-18 and 21 sides and has an eye for the spectacular goal.”

The 21-year-old joined Scottish side Hearts earlier in the month as he attempts get more first-team action.

Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester United - Premier League 2

Timothy Fosu-Mensah

The most recognised player on the list.

Fosu-Mensah, who arrived from Ajax in 2014, made his first-team debut in February 2016 under Louis van Gaal and was used last season by Mourinho, too.

The 20-year-old defender joined Crystal Palace in August and, pleasingly for Mourinho, is playing regularly for the Eagles.

Crystal Palace v Watford - Premier League

Callum Gribbin

Gribbin is just 19-years-old and there is some buzz about the midfielder.

Just check out the skills he produced in this video posted by Man United on Twitter in March 2015.

The 19-year-old has trained with the first team this season and don’t be surprised to see him get his opportunity in the senior side soon.

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Sean Goss

It must have been a thrill for Goss to join the first-team squad on their pre-season tour of the United States in 2015, where he played against Paris Saint-Germain.

Sadly, though, things haven’t worked out as planned for the German-born midfielder.

He signed for Championship side Queens Park Rangers in January 2017 and joined Scottish outfit Rangers on loan until the end of the season at the start of January 2018.

Rangers supporters were mightily impressed by Goss on his debut against Aberdeen and at 22, there’s plenty of time for Goss to turn things around.

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