• Anna Dugdale


The future of Manchester United is in good hands with these lots coming through the ranks.

Here are five of the best upcoming Red Devil talents:

Shola Shoretire

Having turned 17 last week, the youngster has become Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s newest addition to first team training. United managed to sign up Shoretire despite interest from Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Juventus. His main position is on the left wing but can also play as a traditional number 10. The youngster has been playing above his age group for quite some time and has shown that he is mature beyond his years, a quality which has caught Solskjaer’s eye. In recent games, Shoretire has been firing in the goals, scoring a hat-trick against Blackburn last week. Arguably one of the biggest talents to come out of United’s academy recently, it would definitely do him no harm to have some mentoring from the likes of Rashford, Martial and Cavani in first team training.

Teden Mengi

At only 18, Mengi made his debut for United’s first team, coming on as a substitute for Timothy Fosu-Mensah in the 84th minute in the Europa League against LASK. Whilst Mengi has been loaned to Derby County for the rest of the season, he is still thought incredibly highly of at United. Many have even tipped him to be the solution to United’s centre-back problem. He has participated in first team training and appeared on the substitute bench three times and seems to be firmly in Solskjaer’s future plans.

Ethan Galbraith

Ethan Galbraith is a 19-year-old Northern Irish midfielder who has been tipped for greatness after numerous promising performances for United’s under-23s. The stage has been his this season after the departure of James Garner and Dylan Levitt and the youngster has seized it with both hands. He is incredible at reading the game and bringing a level of calmness to the midfield. Galbraith also has a wide range of passes at his disposal, known for making impressive vertical passes.

Ethan Laird

Laird has been one to watch for quite some time but has come to prevalence to the rest of the world since being on loan at MK Dons. He was individually picked out for praise by MK Dons manager Russell Martin who described him as ‘brilliant’. Being a right-back, it is not entirely out of the question that he could be bought into the United first team fold next season to provide worthy competition for Aaron Wan-Bissaka. Laird is known for his athleticism and provides a key attacking threat down the wing. Another one of his strengths lies in his crossing ability, accuracy being a strongpoint of his. Whilst attacking is a strongpoint of Laird’s, he is still very good defensively. He’s very fast, is an aggressive tackler and is versatile enough that he could shift to centre-back for cover.

Hannibal Mejbri

Hannibal Mejbri joined United from Monaco in the summer of 2019 for a fee of £9.2 million and since then, the 18-year-old has been the name on everyone’s lips. He has played for both the under-18’s and the under-23’s and has impressed at both levels. Many have commended the youngster for his attitude, as he is known for being mature, willing to learn and demanding the best from himself. On the field, he has an incredible vision and see’s things before his opponents. His technical ability is exciting and is the modern midfielder, an all-rounder. He can recover the ball, recycle it, transition the play and finish the play.

With these youngsters all chomping at the bit to have a place in United’s first team squad, Solskjaer is spilt for choice over which youngster to promote next, whether that be this season or next.