Date: 19th January 2011 at 12:30pm
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With United taking on West Ham in the FA Youth Cup tonight I thought this would be an interesting piece, there are some obvious omissions that I’m sure will be pointed out in the comments but an interesting read nevertheless.

6. Bebe: Age 20; Recommended to Sir Alex by former United coach Carlos Queiroz, the Portuguese winger signed for The Reds in the summer of last year for £7.4m.

Already a goal in the Champions League to his name, Bebe boasts electric pace, good positioning and strength which could see him emulate fellow countryman, Luis Nani. Don’t expect the next Cristiano Ronaldo, though.

5. Tom Cleverley: Age 21; Clever by name, clever by nature. Ok, that was cheesy but this lad is the real deal.

After a successful spell on loan at Watford last season, the midfielder has joined Wigan to prove he can mix it with the Premier League’s big boys.

A box of tricks up his sleeve and an established England U-21 international, expect ‘Clevers’ to be knocking on the first-team door next season.

4. Danny Welbeck: Age 20; Local boy Welbeck has already tasted the big time by playing an integral part in United winning the League Cup back in 2008/09.

A little rough around the edges, Fergie has sent him out on loan to Sunderland and it has paid dividents. He took a little while to find his feet at first but performances against Chelsea and Everton have proved he’s months, not years, away from a place in the Red Devils starting XI.

3. Javier Hernandez: Age 22; Who doesn’t have a soft spot for Chicharito? He’s young, he’s pacey and most of all, he just loves playing football.

It’s hard to believe it’s the young Mexican’s first season in the Premier League. The striker has certainly played his part in United’s unbeaten run so far, especially with the off the pitch antics surrounding Wayne Rooney.

Two key goals against Stoke City tell you all you need to know about this potential world-beater.

2. Ravel Morrison: Age 17; Talk of this lad has been the stuff of myths rather than legends at Old Trafford but comparisons with a certain Ryan Giggs will only add fuel to the fire.

Fiery pace, step-overs and a great delivery, Morrison is everything you could want from a winger. Despite his rumoured attitude problem, expect the watchful eye of Alex Ferguson to reign down upon him and put him in his place.

1. Jack Barmby: Age 16; The token wildcard in the list, young Jack’s father is the former Everton and Liverpool midfielder Nick Barmby – who made 23 caps for England.

The Red Devils wrestled Hull City for the youngster last year and he has already netted 2 goals in his 4 U-16 England caps.

Currently working hard in United’s U-18s, the tricky midfielder will look to benefit from the guidance of Cleverley and Bebe in the next few years.

This piece comes courtesy of Rob Morris from ‘Clean Sheets All Around‘ an alternative football site so check them out for both on and off field football matters


29 responses to “6 players that may represent the future of Manchester United”

  1. sihy says:

    pogba keane1 and 2 king hussein fryes thorp wooton brown most of the youth for the past 2season should have a chance 2make it

  2. Bobby Parada says:

    How come there’s no mention of Paul Pogba?

  3. JB says:

    This article is poor, as you say there’s no mention of Ajose,Pogba,Tunnicliffe,Keane,Brown,King,Cofie etc. The problem for me is that the club just don’t develop the young players as affectively as they used to,How many times have we played a cup game and been comfortably in front,have some of these young players on the bench yet then bring on an established player first only to bring on a young player with only minutes or seconds remaining?. Eikrem who looked a good prospect has now been sold, Cleverly is out on loan, one or two of the above could be given an opportunity, yet the manager persevere’s with the likes of Gibson who is never going to be a regular first team player, why?.

    • Yashi says:

      The title clearly says 6 players, not 20 players who represent the future of Utd. None of the ones you mentioned could be much closer to the 1st team that the ones in the article (exc. Barmby who is clearly a wildcard as mentioned in the article).

      Think of a proper and reasonable argument before slating an article. Don’t act like the trolls we get supporting other teams who comment on here.

      • JB says:

        Firstly how have I slated the article?. All that I said was that it’s a poor article based on some of the players chosen to represent the future. I just feel the article could of been more insightful rather then stating, in some cases the obvious. I think that seems a proper and reasonable argument as you put it.

        • DC says:

          “Firstly how have I slated the article?”

          You’re opening line was “This article is poor”.

          Most people would interpret that as a slating.

      • JB says:

        Well if thats the case that “most people” would interpret what i said as slating then i think they need to look the meaning of the word up in the dictionary.

  4. realist says:

    bobby parada- my thoughts exactly!

  5. johnboy says:

    JB, they said the same about fletcher not being a first team player…

  6. johnboy says:

    i think we have released hussein by the way, could be wrong

    • Chudi says:

      Nah Hussein is still here went back to Norway trained with Stabaek but came back has played since.

      • johnboy says:

        …nice one Chudi for clearing that up….any reason for stabaek, a trial maybe?

        Does anyone know the real deal with ravel? all this stuff has surfaced today about his career being up in the air…anyone know?

  7. Red Mick says:

    To be fair, the first 5 mentioned are ahead in terms of development to the likes of the keanes and ajose, the article does also state that Barmby is a token wild-card!! The article would not work so well had it been 12 to watch for the future!!!You may be correct in that The keanes (Will particularly) will break through and make an impact, however i think we will see the first 5 mentioned in the first team long before the others (Pogba excepted!!)

  8. JB says:

    Johnboy, although Fletcher was regarded by many as not being good enough he was already a first team regular at the same age as Gibson is now.. I also heard the Hussein rumours that he’s on his way to Valerenga after a successful trial.

  9. sven gibson says:

    I think the names that you’ve stated are people known to manchester united fans already and not giving king keane pogba tunnicliffe brown etc a mention is daft

  10. nani4ever says:

    JB- spot on, gibson clearly isn’t good enough yet we let eirkrem go without even a game for the first team, and our midfield is absolutely amazing.