Three Manchester United starlets ready to be the next Marcus Rashford

Two seasons ago Manchester United were in an injury crisis. Numerous first team players were out for extended lengths with various injuries. Manchester United were metaphorically on crutches. In a Europa League match at this time, fan favorite Anthony Martial was injured during pre-game warm-ups. Due to this injury, no name youth squad striker Marcus Rashford was called up to lead the line. The rest is history. Rashford went on to become a household name. This season thus far has been extremely successful for The Red Devils as they have hit the ground running. Unfortunately, Paul Pogba being taken off in the first half last week pulled supporters back to Earth. His injury is surely not the first that will impact the team this campaign. With the transfer window shut, which youth players have the potential to be the next Rashford?

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Scott McTominay

Many view Scott McTominay as a late bloomer. He admitted as much this past week. In terms of both play and physical appearance, this late bloomer title holds true. McTominay is older than most in the reserves, turning 21 in the upcoming months, but he is also perhaps the ready for the senior squad. First being called up last season by manager Jose Mourinho, it wasn’t long before he made his first start for the senior squad.

Towering over his competition at 6ft and 4in, McTominay is usually stuck into the middle of the park. At this center mid position, McTominay hones the ability to not only contribute to the attack but also stand guard on defense in front of the back line. As a midfielder, McTominay posses the talent to spread the ball around the pitch. However, his most utilised skill is his ability to beat defenders and make runs. McTominay is a rare breed of talent that can play virtually anywhere in the midfield or attacking positions. He’s even been called upon to lead the line for the reserves as a pure striker. McTominay is ready to contribute of the players on this list. He also gives Mourinho an alternative, more offensive minded midfield option.

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Zachary Dearnley

Zachary Dearnley made his senior team debut last season, securing a spot on the bench for the Red Devils in the season conclusion. Dearnley moved to Old Trafford at 13, older than some of the players who have been with The Red Devils since eight or nine years old. Dearnley has been hampered by injuries recently, but he is such a talent that he has risen through the ranks.

Dearnley is fully capable of playing either wing position or an all-out number nine and leading the line. Dearnley is, to sum it up, a game changer. With world-class speed and a certain flair with the ball, he constantly provides a positive impact on the match. Whether it’s beating opposing fullbacks or putting in dangerous crosses, it’s easy to see that Dearnley can bring something to the first team should the opportunity present itself.

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Angel Gomes

Angel Gomes is many things: captain of England’s U16, U17 and U18 teams, the godson of former United winger, Nani, and social media highlight reel. The 17-year-old England international has risen to popularity, even though he’s hardly been featured in the senior squad. Though, one click through the internet and anyone can see various highlights of Gomes turning various opponents inside out or upside down. The kid is beaming with talent.

Gomes is short, standing at 5ft 6in and can be deployed across any of the attacking positions. One gander at Gomes and it’s clear to see how special this young man is to the club. To get the most out of him, he needs the ball at his feet. A traditional number 10 role probably suits him the best. He needs the opportunity to run at defenders and dictate playmaking, thus an attacking midfield position would fetch the most production out of him. While Gomes sure has a lot of room for improvement, it’s naive to insist that he isn’t a world class youth talent. Calling up the young playmaker too soon could possibly stunt his growth, yet Gomes continues to dominate the youth and reserve circuit, beckoning for acall-upp to the senior squad. If Gomes continues on his current trajectory, he’s in line to be a global superstar and Mourinho would be wise to give the kid first team premier league experience. Sooner, rather than later.

Written by Jordan Bullock


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