Manchester United’s squad will be put to the test over the next fourteen days.
There are three league games in the next five days and two more league games a week later.
United will hopefully finish in the top four with minimal effort, the team are already in a strong position.
There are a number of fringe players waiting for their chances, including Donny van de Beek and Axel Tuanzebe.
In addition, United has an additional cohort of players waiting for opportunities. The U23 season ends next Monday and these talented players will try to finish the season in the first team.
Without Amad, whom we would count among the first marginal players on the team, we looked at six U23 players who could possibly get a first team chance in the next fourteen days …
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Shola Shoretire has been a revelation this season. He has 10 goals and six assists for United’s U23 selection and became one of the club’s youngest players when he made his first team debut in February.
Shoretire has a great chance of showing up towards the end of the campaign.
Hannibal is another player who, while rough around the edges, looks like a real diamond.
He trained with the first team again this week and leads the U23s with seven assists this season. The next few weeks are a great opportunity to get him through for his debut.
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Anthony Elanga is the U23’s top scorer (including EFL Trophy games) despite missing three months with a collarbone injury.
There’s a place for him in United’s XI. Marcus Rashford needs a break on the left wing. He’s probably the most likely player out of any five players to appear across the remaining fixtures.
Midfielder Ethan Galbraith didn’t have the breakthrough season he had hoped for, but he was a consistently strong player for the U-23s.
He’s scored a long-range missile of a goal in the past week that may put him back on team first radar, and there’s a chance he’ll have a few minutes when Solskjaer finally gives Fred and Scott McTominay a much-needed break.
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Joe Hugill or Charlie McNeill
Joe Hugill is a wildcard pick and has 16 goals for both academy teams this season. With 10 hits for the U-23s, he’s ahead of Charlie McNeill in terms of development.
Hugill missed the last U23 game and if that has to do with fitness, chances are McNeill will be rewarded for his 22 goals campaign for the U18 players by giving him a few minutes for the first team.
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