9 Man Utd youngsters looking to impress Rangnick as new boss eyes next wonderkid

Manchester United are only just getting used to Ralf Rangnick following the German’s appointment and he is sure to make an impact.

The 63-year-old held his first press conference as United boss on Friday morning after officially taking over as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s successor.

With only six months left on his contract as interim manager, Rangnick has no time to waste in turning things around at Old Trafford.

While the focus is likely to be on the January transfer window and how he will implement his pressing strategy, there is another string to Rangnick’s bow.

The veteran coach has built his reputation on developing young players andThe Mirrorreports that he isexpected to focus on youth at United.

One insider from one of his previous clubs in Germany predicted that at least one homegrown youngster will become a regular member of the first team squad in the rest of the 2021/22 season.

So who are the candidates to make such a breakthrough? Star Sport takes a look at the youngsters who could benefit from Rangnick’s arrival.


The most obvious candidate for such a promotion is Amad, who joined United for £37million in January but has yet to kick on.

The 19-year-old winger was due to go out on loan at the start of the season before injury saw a move to Feyenoord fall through.

He is yet to play for the first team this season after returning from injury, but was on the bench for the 3-2 win over Arsenal on Thursday.

Shola Shoretire

Shoretire made three appearances for Solskjaer’s side last season, becoming one of the youngest players to break into the United first team in the process.

The 17-year-old forward has three goals and one assist in nine Premier League 2 games for the club’s Under-23 side this season and is highly rated by coaches.

Anthony Elanga

Elanga excited fans by scoring some eye-catching goals in pre-season friendlies but has found himself at the very back of a very long queue so far this season.

The 19-year-old Swede is one of the stars of the reserve team, with four goals and two assists in eight league appearances this campaign.

Hannibal Mejbri

There has been a lot of excitement about 18-year-old midfielder Mejbri behind the scenes at Carrington.

Mejbri, who was signed from Monaco in 2019, has already made his full international debut for Tunisia and, having made his senior United debut in May, could be ready for a breakthrough.

Charlie Savage

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The son of former Premier League regular Robbie Savage was part of a group of youngsters who were given the chance to impress in first-team training in October.

Savage, who is a central midfielder like his father, has played 15 times for the Under-23s this season.

Alvaro Fernandez

Fernandez is behind Luke Shaw and Alex Telles in the pecking order at left-back and is yet to make his senior debut for the club.

The 18-year-old Spaniard joined from Real Madrid in September 2020 and has made rapid improvements since, moving from the Under-18s to the Under-23s and picking up more English.

Bjorn Hardley

Hardley joined United from Dutch side NAC Breda in 2019 and the centre-back has already made fast progress at the club.

The 18-year-old defender was among the youngsters to step up to first-team training in October and is a regular for the Under-23s, racking up 19 appearances and two goals already this season.

Dillon Hoogewerf

The diminutive striker moved up from the Under-18s to the Under-23s this season and has played 14 times in all competitions, scoring twice.

The 18-year-old Dutch forward will continue his development in Neil Wood’s reserve side after returning from a brief spell training with Sheffield Wednesday, but could still catch Rangnick’s eye.

Joe Hugill

Hugill joined United from Sunderland in the summer of 2020 and has been in good goal scoring form for the Under-23s this season.

The 18-year-old striker, who stands at 6ft 2in, already has five goals in 12 appearances across all competitions, but is currently sidelined with an ankle injury picked up while training with Forest Green.

United have taken to sending youngsters out to other clubs for experience and Hugill and Charlie Wellens spent time with the League Two leaders recently.

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