United's Youth Prospects
With United having a great start to the campaign, and with the suggestion David Moyes will bulk out the youth sides, in the January transfer window, who are the very best of the current youth system at Old Trafford? The top five youth prospects for the club are revealed here...
Nick Powell signed for Manchester United under Sir Alex Ferguson in the summer of 2012. Powell signed from Crewe Alexandra for a fee of £3 million. The 18 year old was expected to build his way up the club, but Moyes gave him the chance and put him straight into the first team. However, after playing twice for the team, a lower leg break put the youngster out for 5-6 months. Powell is currently out of action and on the road to recovery.
Angelo Henriquez joined Manchester United alongside Nick Powell, instead for a fee of £4 million. Henriquez was loaned out by Alex Ferguson to Wigan Athletic for the 2012/2013 season, where has has currently played 3 games. Angelo Henriquez is expected to be a key player for the side in the future, as long as he brings out his potential while on loan, maybe for the next few seasons, aged just 18.
Wilfred Zaha joined Manchester United during the 2012/2013 season from Crystal Palace, but returned on loan for the season. Zaha signed for £10 million, after a successful few years at Palace. Zaha is expected to be one of the clubs best youth prospects. The 19 year old has currently scored 3 goals in 14 games, also getting 3 assists and a Man of the Match award.
Ryan Tunnicliffe is one of the youth prospects who has served at the club for a bit longer. Tunnicliffe, 19, is currently on loan at Doncaster, where he has scored 3 in 17. Tunnicliffe joined United as a youngster in 2008, and although is yet to play for United, has, and should continue with multiple loan spells, in order to get Ryan the vital experience to be able to feature for the first team often.
Adnan Januzaj, one of United's brightest prospects, is currently playing for the Reserves side aged 17. Januzaj signed last year for £600k, but the low value doesn't stop him. He is linked to be a Manchester great, being called the best youth prospect in the Manchester United side. Januzaj is yet to feature for the first team, but is playing regularly, and loan spells in the future could help Adnan and his career alot.