Rise To Fame: Tyrell Warren – Jose Mourinho’s first attempt at the Manchester United youth?

Jose Mourinho doesn’t promote youth, is what was being said and hold against the Manchester United’s newly unveiled manager. But it seems that the Portuguese manager is looking to start his Old Trafford career on the right note, a note that will hit perfectly with the fans and long-term supporters of the club. One latest addition to the pre-season friendlies, away game against Wigan Athletic, Mourinho is planning to include some new and unknown faces to the team and bench, one amongst them is Tyrell Warren.

1998 born, local Manchester lad debuted in an U15 game as a schoolboy against Sunderland, which his team lost 3-2, in 2013/14. Three seasons later, he is now set to work directly under the first team manager and would be looking to impress him. The season following his debut the young teenager started three games and came in as a substitute in another couple of games, giving him the much-needed match playing experience.

However, it was the following season of 2015/16, in which he became a scholar at the club, that saw Warren stand apart from the rest of his team-mates. One game which really hiked Warren’s stock and helped him get to the next level was the one against Wolfsburg in UEFA Youth League. Nicky Butt was so impressed by the performance that he termed him as the “best player on the pitch“. In deeper analysis, Butt said,

“He defended really well, made some last-ditch challenges and did well against two men coming down the left-hand side for most of the time.”

Warren impressed so much that he ended up playing five out of the six games in the tournament and one quality which was attributed to his performances was his determined and dogged nature of play. The youngster’s performances were so lauded and appreciated that Warren Joyce brought him up to the U21’s for a few games. He started one game but was used as a substitute in another four. However, during the time when he was earning so many accolades for his wonderful work in the European tournament and U21’s, he continued to show his mettle and worth in his U18’s performances, appearing 24 times for the side. In a season where the U18’s were not at their best, to say the least, this young teenager kept putting in noteworthy performances. One that stands out in these was the one against Manchester City. Warren was all over the pitch and dictated the game for his team. Another feather in the cap for Warren was the armband that he frequently donned, partly also due to the promotion of RoShaun Williams to the U21’s. However, he did not let down his team and effectively carried them during the difficult last season campaign.

The player benefitted immensely by playing in the U21’s as he had the opportunities to play amongst relatively experienced and first-teamers in the game against Middlesbrough. The presence of the likes of Andreas Pereira, Adnan Januzaj, Paddy McNair did not hamper Warren’s performance, in fact, he completely justified Joyce’s faith in putting him on as a substitute.

Warren started out his career as a right back, however, have also proved his capabilities in a more central role. It remains to be seen if Mourinho uses him as a central defender or a full back but whichever might be the case, times ahead are exciting for the young Mancunian. With the meteoric rise of Marcus Rashford, it is quite evident as to what can happen if you grab your chances well. Regular first team appearances might still be a bit far, but a good impressive display would mean that Mourinho, to whom he is currently relatively unknown, might keep tabs on the progress and development of the youngster.

Last season saw lots of academy players given debuts due to various reasons, ranging from injuries to thin squad. The management has changed and so will the team but one thing that will remain intact is the club’s tradition of promoting youth. Tyrell Warren has climbed through the ranks pretty quickly and if he continues to grow at the same speed for some more time, the first team is not that far.

Written by Chinmay Padhye


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