Manchester United are famous for - and, indeed, pride themselves - on the fact they believe in young players and give them chances in the first team.
Many of the club’s greatest players have been products of the youth system - including the likes of Bobby Charlton, George Best, Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs.
However, in recent years it’s Chelsea who have taken the lead in terms of producing talented young players in English football. The Blues have won six of the previous seven FA Youth Cups.
United’s most-recent FA Youth Cup victory was in 2011. Prior to that, it was in 2003.
But their wait for another FA Youth Cup might not be too far away looking at some of the talented players in the club’s youth ranks at present.
Tahith Chong, Angel Gomes, Callum Gribbin, Ethan Hamilton and DJ Buffonge are just a few of the exciting youngsters hoping to force their way into the first team over the coming years.
However, it’s another young lad who some fans think might be the next Marcus Rashford.
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Mason Greenwood, who doesn’t turn 17 until October 1, scored 17 goals in 17 starts for the Under-18s last season.
He travelled with United to the USA for their pre-season tour during the summer, having caught the eye last term, and enhanced his burgeoning reputation with a magnificent individual display against Blackburn Rovers on Saturday.
Greenwood, who has represented England at Under-17 level and was the top scorer in the Under-18 Premier League North last season, scored a stunning hat-trick - including an 88th-minute winner - to help United’s U18s beat Blackburn 4-3 at the Aon Training Complex.
You can watch Greenwood’s three goals here…
The boy looks a serious talent.
Man Utd fans are convinced the teenage forward is a potential superstar, blessed with the ability to make it at the highest level.
Some have also made the comparison with Rashford, who now wears the No. 10 shirt at Old Trafford, three years after bursting onto the scene.
Man Utd youth coach Clayton Blackmore also believes Greenwood has a ‘great chance’ of making it at United.
"We don’t know how good he is going to get. He’s still growing,” he told the Manchester Evening News.
“He’s great on the ball and very good with both feet. He’s the first person I’ve seen that takes penalties and free-kicks with his wrong foot. I’ve never come across anyone like that! He’s got a great chance.”
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