Under-23 Player Profiles

Goalkeepers

Ilias Moutha-Sebtaoui
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GK Ilias Moutha-Sebtaoui | Photo: Nick Taylor/LFC via Getty Images

Birthdate: April 1, 1999 (18)
Height: 1.85m
Nationality: Belgium/Morocco
Previous clubs: Standard Liege
Birthplace: Jette, Belgium

Manchester United under-18s first choice goalkeeper for the 2016/17 season. Has proved himself to be a good shot-stopper, although his aerial ability, particularly from set-pieces, has come into question and must improve after errors led to goals early in the season. The major positive is his ability to play out from the back.

Moutha-Sebtaoui was unfortunate to suffer a serious injury in the second half of the season. He played for Belgium’s under-17s at the 2016 European Championships.

Moutha-Sebtaoui in 2016/17:

Under-18s Under-23s
Starts Subs CS Starts Subs CS
14 0 3 14 0 3
Kieran O’Hara
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GK Kieran O’Hara | Photo: Catherine Ivill – AMA via Getty Images

Birthdate: April 22, 1996 (21)
Height: 1.84m
Nationality: Republic of Ireland
Previous clubs: N/A
Birthplace: Manchester

The Republic of Ireland under-21 international joined United aged 8, and signed a scholarship deal in 2012, and then a professional contract in 2014. That deal expired in June 2017, but O’Hara signed a late extension at the club.

O’Hara has had a work experience loan at non-league side Trafford FC but more prominently, made five appearances at Morecambe. Rarely used, O’Hara was called upon when his goalkeeping senior was sent off early on and gave away a penalty. O’Hara duly stepped up, saved the penalty and earned himself the starting spot for the following games.

He’s been involved with United’s first team on a number of occasions, including in the UEFA Europa League in the 2016/17 season, as back-up goalkeeper.

O’Hara in 2016/17:

Under-23s
Starts Subs Cleansheets
11 0 1
Max Johnstone
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GK Max Johnstone | Photo: Thomas Gadd Photography

Birthdate: August 18, 1998 (18)
Nationality: England
Previous clubs: Fleetwood Town
Birthplace: Preston, England

Younger brother of Sam Johnstone, Johnstone joined Man United from Fleetwood Town in 2016 following a successful trial.

His first start at the club didn’t come until March 2017, though, away to Stoke City in an under-18s game.

Under-18s Under-23s
Starts Subs CS Starts Subs CS
2 2 2 0 1 1
Dean Henderson
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GK Dean Henderson | Photo: NurPhoto via Getty Images

Birthdate: March 12, 1997 (20)
Height: 1.88m
Nationality: England
Previous clubs: Carlisle United
Birthplace: Whitehaven, England

Joined United aged 14 from Carlisle United having been tracked by Man Utd for many years. A nominee for the 2014/15 Jimmy Murphy Young Player of the Year award. He joined Stockport County on loan in 2016 but was recalled almost immediately after an injury to David de Gea. That allowed him his first involvement with the United first team, sitting on the bench for the Reds in an FA Cup tie against Shrewsbury Town.

The 2016/17 season was an important one in his development. Henderson earned his first seven appearances in first-team football on loan at Grimsby Town. Having been ignored all season, Henderson was given his debut on Boxing Day and then kept four cleansheets in seven games. United recalled him on January 31st after Joel Pereira picked up an injury. Henderson became United’s third choice goalkeeper and was involved in a number of key games, including the EFL Cup Final at Wembley.

At the end of the season, Henderson lifted the U20 World Cup with England.

DEAN HENDERSON HAS JOINED SHREWSBURY TOWN ON LOAN.

Defenders

Lee O’Connor
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RB Lee O’Connor

Birthdate: July 28, 2000 (16)
Nationality: Republic of Ireland
Previous clubs: Villa FC
Birthplace: Waterford, Republic of Ireland

Unlikely to be prominent in the 2017/18 season for the under-23s, but may make a few appearances as an understudy right-back. He was involved briefly with the under-23s last season, but is yet to make his debut. Most of his action will be with under-18s, for whom he is one of the most exciting prospects.

A versatile defender, his timing in the challenge is remarkably good for a 16-year-old. His reading of the game and passing ability is impressive, too, and earned him reward as U18 boss Kieran McKenna nominated him for the Jimmy Murphy Young Player of the Year award in the 2016/17 season.

O’Connor is captain for the Republic of Ireland’s under-17s side, and represented his country at the U17 Euros in May 2017.

Matt Olosunde
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RB Matt Olosunde | Photo: NurPhoto via Getty Images

Birthdate: March 7, 1998 (19)
Height: 1.86m
Nationality: USA
Previous clubs: New York Red Bulls
Birthplace: 
Philadelphia, PA, USA (grew up in New Jersey, USA)

A talented right-back who has immense attacking quality. Joined Man United from New York Red Bulls in 2016 and settled well. His technical ability is undoubted, but he must improve defensively in the coming months.

He scored a stunning individual goal at the Dallas Cup in 2017, dribbling through a number of players before nutmegging the goalkeeper.

Olosunde’s good form at under-23 level earned him first team involvements against Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur at the back end of the 2016/17 season.

Olosunde in 2016/17:

Under-23s
Starts Subs Goals Assists
16 6 1 5
Regan Poole
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CB Regan Poole

Birthdate: June 18, 1998 (19)
Height: 1.80m
Nationality: Wales
Previous clubs: Newport County, Cardiff City
Birthplace: Cardiff, Wales

Poole joined United from Newport County as a 17-year-old. He’s already gained Football League experience with 15 League Two appearances for Newport, where he became the youngest player in their history at 16 years and 94 days.

International clearance meant it was some months before Poole could play competitive fixtures for United. Once he did, though, he impressed in a number of positions, but has now firmly established himself as a centre-back.

He made his United first team debut as an added time substitute against FC Midtjylland in the UEFA Europa League. Although he was sent off in the final group game at the Dallas Cup 2017, Poole captained the Reds well in the USA in a highlight of his United career so far, as pictured above.

POOLE HAS JOINED NORTHAMPTON TOWN ON LOAN

Axel Tuanzebe
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CB Axel Tuanzebe

Birthdate: November 14, 1997 (19)
Height: 1.85m
Nationality: England
Previous clubs: N/A
Birthplace: Bunia, DR Congo

Only the second player in Manchester United history to be named Player of the Year at both under-18 and under-23 level, being named Denzil Haroun Reserve Team Player of the Year at the end of the 2016/17 season.

Tuanzebe made his United debut in that season, having been name-dropped by manager José Mourinho on a number of occasions in pre-season. During the latter stages of the season, Tuanzebe started against Arsenal and handled Alexis Sanchez expertly.

Comfortable on the ball, a fantastic leader with a good physique, Tuanzebe must be given first team chances under Mourinho next season, and will hopefully be rarely involved with the under-23s.

Tuanzebe in 2016/17:

Under-23s First Team
Starts Subs Goals Assists Starts Subs Goals Assists
25 0 1 0 4 1 0 0
Tyrell Warren
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RB Tyrell Warren | Photo: Thomas Gadd Photography

Birthdate: October 5th, 1998 (18)
Nationality: England
Previous clubs: N/A
Birthplace: Manchester, England

A Man United academy boy from a young age, Warren is a powerful and composed full-back who is coming into his first full season at under-23 level after impressing, as captain, at under-18 level.

He’s also been played in central defence, and made his under-18s debut at a young age in the 2013/14 season. His first full season at that level as a regular was the 2015/16 season before coming into his own a season later under Kieran McKenna.

Warren in 2016/17:

Under-18s Under-23s
Starts Subs Goals Assists Starts Subs Goals Assists
21 0 1 0 3 6 0 0
Ro-Shaun Williams
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CB Ro-Shaun Williams

Birthdate: September 3rd, 1998 (18)
Nationality: England
Previous clubs: N/A
Birthplace: Manchester, England

A great talent plagued by injuries in the 2016/17 season, suffering hugely throughout the year. He began recovery towards the back end of the season, but

Ro-Shaun is an aggressive, physical defender with great ball-playing abilities. Rarely beaten in a 50-50 chase for a ball, he famously broke Darren Campbell’s 25-year 100-metre record at Ashton-upon-Mersey school. Williams is another player from the famous Fletcher Moss Rangers, the club that coached Wes Brown, Danny Welbeck and then Marcus Rashford as well as Tyler Blackett, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson and Ravel Morrison. Williams joined United aged 9.

He’s frequently been the most senior of his age group at United, captaining the under-18 side. Impressing at that level, though, he has been playing under-23s football for two seasons now, forming a formidable partnership with Axel Tuanzebe, another former-U18 captain.

The 2017/18 season will be vital for Williams, having missed a season of development due to injury. He’ll also be looking to regain his place in England’s youth sides, having previously played at under-17 and under-19 level, including at the under-17 World Cup.

It’s been two years since he was a substitute for the first team at United under Louis van Gaal, but there is little doubt about his ability, if he can stay injury free for the next year.

Williams in 2016/17:

Under-18s Under-23s
Starts Subs Goals Assists Starts Subs Goals Assists
2 0 0 0 6 1 1 0
Demi Mitchell
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LB Demi Mitchell

Birthdate: January 11th, 1997 (20)
Height: 1.80m
Nationality: England
Previous clubs: N/A
Birthplace: Manchester, England

A well-known individual at Man United after an impressive debut for the Reds against Crystal Palace at the end of the 2016/17 season. Traveled with the first team on their pre-season tour of the USA and will likely be back up to Luke Shaw and Matteo Darmian in that position next season.

Mitchell played on the right-wing until December of the 2016/17 season when the loan departures of Cameron Borthwick-Jackson and Joe Riley, as well as injuries, meant Nicky Butt guided him to that defensive role. He’s excelled there.

Having been a quick, tricky winger with excellent finishing before his move to left-back, Mitchell has retained those attacking qualities. With more space to run into coming from a deeper position, Butt has previously said, Mitchell benefits, being able to build up his speed before taking on the opposition full-back.

Mitchell has represented England at U16, U17, U18 and U20 levels, including most recently at the Toulon Tournament 2017, which England won.

Mitchell in 2016/17:

Under-23s First Team
Starts Subs Goals Assists Starts Subs Goals Assists
16 8 6 3 1 0 0 0

Midfielders

Scott McTominay
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CM Scott McTominay

Birthdate: December 8th, 1996 (20)
Height: 1.92m
Nationality: Scotland
Previous clubs: N/A
Birthplace: Lancaster, England

A well-known figure for Man Utd fans now after solid performances for the first team at the end of the 2016/17 season and impressive displays on the pre-season tour of the USA in 2017.

McTominay worked tirelessly last season, occasionally filling in as a striker due to his 6ft 4in stature. He did well, but his story is more interesting than that.

Due to a huge growth spurt, McTominay missed almost two years of proper development at under-18 level. He grew eight inches in a year or so, having to virtually miss the whole of the under-18 age group.

“It was around 18 months ago. I was 5ft 6ins and, to go from that to the height I am now, 6ft 2ins or 6ft 3ins, it takes a little bit of time to get used to it.” – Scott McTominay, talking to ManUtd.com

After adjusting to playing with such height, McTominay has been a mainstay in United’s under-23 side with either he, Matty Willock or Devonte Redmond playing up front despite being midfielders.

McTominay was used to hold up the ball because of his strength as well as his height. He’s a strong tackler with great stamina and a superb work rate and attitude, as shown in that interview with ManUtd.com. 

He was mainly a creative midfielder before his growth spurt. Now playing a different role, he’s got a number of different attributes to play in various roles in midfield.

McTominay in 2016/17:

Under-23s First Team
Starts Subs Goals Assists Starts Subs Goals Assists
22 0 3 2 1 1 0 0
Charlie Scott
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CM Charlie Scott | Photo: Thomas Gadd Photography

Birthdate: September 2nd, 1997 (19)
Nationality: England
Previous clubs: N/A
Birthplace: Stoke-on-Trent, England

Signed a new contract in summer 2017 after being an infrequent under-23 starter. Versatile, playing in central defence and midfield as well as at right-back, Scott is a useful player.

Good on the ball, good at getting the ball, Scott could turn out to be a fantastic midfielder. The 2017/18 season will be a defining one.

Scott in 2016/17:

Under-23s
Starts Subs Goals Assists
10 6 0 0
Ethan Hamilton
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CM Ethan Hamilton | Photo: Thomas Gadd Photography

Birthdate: October 18th, 1998 (18)
Nationality: Scotland
Previous clubs: Hutchison Vale BC
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland

Strong in the tackle with a good passing range, fantastic leadership skills and a powerful long shot, Hamilton is an exciting and reliable goalscoring midfield prospect for United.

At the Dallas Cup in April 2017, he showed a mixture of skill and responsibility, with some impressive runs through midfield, as well acting as the senior figure and calming down a tense situation against Brazilian side Coritiba.

Playing for Hutchison Vale BC before United, Darren Fletcher comparisons have been inevitable. But the playing style is not too dissimilar. Fletcher helped to look after Hamilton when he first arrived at the club, aged 16. United had tracked him from aged 12.

“Fletch was brilliant with me from day one. He’d see me in the canteen and come over. He’s a friendly guy so he made me feel really welcome. He knew I’d taken the same route as him so I suppose he wanted to take me under his wing a bit. But just seeing the way he carries himself, I tried to take bits of that and watch how he played as well.” – Hamilton on his relationship with Fletcher

Hamilton has worked with new United under-23s boss Ricky Sbragia before, for Scotland’s under-19 side who failed to qualify for the Euros. Still just 18, Hamilton will be the under-23s regular midfield option for the 2017/18 season, and will go up against Celtic, his family’s club, in the Premier League International Cup.

Kieran McKenna described Hamilton as “a fantastic character… a hard worker… a really solid player.”

Hamilton’s stats:

Under-18s Under-23s
Starts Subs Goals Assists Starts Subs Goals Assists

14/15

6

4 1 0
15/16 10(3) 0(0) 3(0) 0(0)

16/17

21 2 8 4 3 5 0 1
Total 37(3) 6()) 12(0) 4(0) 3 5 0

1

*(brackets indicate U19 football in the UEFA Youth League)

Tosin Kehinde
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CM Tosin Kehinde | Photo: Thomas Gadd Photography

Birthdate: June 18th, 1998 (19)
Height: 1.78m
Nationality: Nigeria
Previous clubs: N/A
Birthplace: Lagos, Nigeria

Another exciting midfield prospect, Kehinde has quick feet, good vision and the passing ability to pull it off.

With a low centre of gravity, Kehinde drifts across the pitch, generally holding a deep position and dictating the game from there. He’s got a good awareness of what’s around him and what’s needed of him.

Playing in defensive midfield, he’s forced to be more than a passer, though, and has a good enough tackling ability and his reading of the game allows him to make essential interceptions.

He’s mainly been played as a deep midfielder, winning the ball back and distributing from there. His speed, low centre of gravity and vision could allow him to become a box-to-box midfielder in the coming years, but he needs more gametime at under-23 level, and that will likely come in the next season under Ricky Sbragia.

Kehinde in 2016/17:

Under-23s
Starts Subs Goals Assists
9 12 1 1
Devonte Redmond
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CM Devonte Redmond | Photo: Thomas Gadd Photography

Birthdate: September 19, 1996 (20)
Height: 1.80m
Nationality: England
Previous clubs: N/A
Birthplace: Manchester, England

Utilised in a striking role like Matty Willock and Scott McTominay were at under-23 level last season, Redmond coped and will have added valuable attacking attributes to his game from that experience. He’s captained United youth sides at younger levels.

He remains, clearly, a midfielder, though. At 6ft, he moves across the pitch smoothly, covers ground well and never stops working, only helping him when played as a striker.

The 2017/18 season will likely be his final chance to impress at under-23s football as he turns 21 one month into the campaign.

Redmond’s U23 stats:

Under-23s
Starts Subs Goals Assists
15/16 15 6 2 1
16/17 25 1 4 0
Total 40 7 6 1
Callum Whelan
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CM Callum Whelan, at the Dallas Cup

Birthdate: September 24, 1998 (18)
Height: 1.76m
Nationality: England
Previous clubs: N/A
Birthplace: Hemingfield, England

At United since his he was 8, Whelan was the most impressive and consistent player of the 2016/17 season for the under-18s. He played more than any other player last season at that level.

Technically excellent, Whelan acts as the vital but often unnoticed midfielder, until he pops up with a fantastic assist or delivery for his strikers.

He’ll begin getting chances at under-23 level under Ricky Sbragia and joins Kehinde and Hamilton as exciting 18-year-old midfielders.

Whelan’s stats for 2015-17:

Under-18s Under-23s
Starts Subs Goals Assists Starts Subs Goals Assists
15/16 25(3) 2(3) 2(0) 4(0) 1 0 0 0
16/17 30 0 0 5 1 0 0 0
Total 55(3) 2(3) 2(0) 9(0) 1 3 0 0
Matty Willock
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CM Matty Willock | Photo: Thomas Gadd Photography

Birthdate: August 20, 1996 (20)
Nationality: England
Previous clubs: Arsenal
Birthplace: Waltham Forest, England

One of a number of Willock brothers playing at the elite level of youth football, with his brother Joe at Arsenal and Chris at Benfica. He joined United from Reading in 2012. Last season, they all played on the same pitch at the same time in an under-23s game at the Emirates.

Willock came seconds away from making his first team debut for Man Utd, but was pulled back to the substitutes bench at the last moment as Eric Bailly insisted he was fit to play on. He’s been involved with the senior squad on a number of occasions, but did not travel for the USA pre-season tour. He has been linked with a move to Scottish side Rangers previously.

Another tall midfielder that covers the pitch with ease and uses his body well, Willock’s distribution is excellent. He needs first team chances at United this season, or it’s likely he’ll leave the club.

Willock in 2016/17:

Starts Subs Goals Assists
25 1 2 1

Forwards

Angel Gomes
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AM Angel Gomes

Birthdate: August 31, 2000 (16)
Nationality: England
Previous clubs: N/A
Birthplace: London, England

Well-known, and rightly so. A hugely talented attacking midfielder who will begin to get chances in the under-23s in the 2017/18 season, though infrequently. See our under-18s player profiles for a more extensive profile of Angel Gomes.

Callum Gribbin
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AM Callum Gribbin | Photo: Billy Johnston

Birthdate: December 18, 1998 (18)
Nationality: England
Previous clubs: N/A
Birthplace: Salford, England

Suffered from injuries in the 2015/16 season, came back in fine form with an improved attitude in the 2016/17 season. Despite still being eligible for the under-18s, was more regularly used at under-23 level. Scored a goal a game, including a hat-trick against Liverpool, at under-18 level, while being one of the more exciting and effective players at under-23 level.

An incredibly talented playmaker. A common target for opposition defenders because of his skill, Gribbin has learnt to use his body well, allowing him to express himself with his vision.

Has brilliance at set-pieces, both corners and free-kicks, and as well as that crossing ability, he’s sent many a player to the ground with some astonishingly good dribbles.

Will be key in the under-23s in the 17/18 season, his second at this level. U18s manager, Kieran McKenna, described Gribbin as “a fantastic technician with a really good eye for a pass.”

“What has been pleasing is he’s starting to add to the physical side of his game and is becoming more powerful and dynamic. Also, his attitude to his defensive work and responsibilities is improving all the time. If he can marry those things up, with his talent on the ball, he can have a really bright future.”

Gribbin’s stats:

Under-18s Under-23s
Starts Subs Goals Assists Starts Subs Goals Assists
14/15 22 3 5 5 0 1 0 0
15/16 26(6) 0(0) 5(1) 4(1) 0 1 0 0
16/17 6 1 6 1 12 2 1 2
Total 54(6) 4 16(1) 10(1) 12 3 1 2

*(brackets indicate U19 football in the UEFA Youth League)

DJ Buffonge
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RW DJ Buffonge | Photo: Thomas Gadd Photography

Birthdate: November 7, 1998 (18)
Nationality: England
Previous clubs: Fulham
Birthplace: London, England

Part of the free-flowing, high-scoring group that gained recognition last season in Man United’s under-18s, Buffonge is slightly lesser-known than Gribbin, Gomes and others. His name can’t slip under the radar, though, and he could be one of the under-23s most important players in the coming season.

A nimble left-footed attacking midfielder who plays his best football drifting inside from a wide position is a natural on the ball, with balance, power and pace. His acceleration is one of his key attributes. Small with a low centre of gravity, but powerful, with great acceleration, Buffonge fits the mould of many of the Premier League’s current inside forwards.

Combining with Gribbin, Gomes, Indy Boonen and Tahith Chong, he shares their on-pitch intelligence. This perhaps comes from having played as a number 8, a central midfielder, at times. His long-range passing is excellent, particularly so for a wide midfielder.

Buffonge signed for United after a trial in 2015, having assisted three in three games during that spell. He had been at Fulham since 2010, crossing London from Arsenal, where he trained as a young kid.

“He’s a talented young player. He is a left sided midfield player who can beat people and plays some good through balls as well. In old-fashioned terms, I would say he was an inside-forward but in modern day speak he is an attacking midfielder. But he is versatile as well.” – Former-Utd U18s manager, Paul McGuinness

Buffonge in 2016/17:

Under-18s Under-23s
Starts Subs Goals Assists Starts Subs Goals Assists
18 4 7 6 0 7 0 0
Indy Boonen
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RW Indy Boonen

Birthdate: January 4, 1999 (18)
Nationality: Belgium
Previous clubs: Genk (Belgium)
Birthplace: Geel, Belgium

An exciting Belgian winger who can play on both sides, Boonen arrived at Man United in 2015 after a successful trial.

Playing 24 times for the under-18s in the 2016/17 season, Boonen made his under-23s debut with one appearance against Leicester City and will now progress fully into the more senior side.

Boonen, unlike others, doesn’t stick out in one particular area. He’s not blisteringly quick, can’t spot the perfect pass and pull it off every time, accelerate like Buffonge. But he’s got flair, the confidence to do skills, the ability to pull them off.

Added to that, he’s got intelligence, knowing when not to try the skills it’s quite clear he can do. He drops deep from the wing or from number 10 and creates space for his teammates, who he can then often find with a pass or a deep cross.

Boonen’s stats:

Under-18s Under-23s
Starts Subs Goals Assists Starts Subs Goals Assists
15/16 12 4 7 4 0 0 0 0
16/17 20 4 6 7 1 0 0 0
Total 32 8 13 11 1 0 0 0
Josh Bohui
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ST Josh Bohui | Photo: Billy Johnston

Birthdate: March 3, 1999 (18)
Nationality: England
Previous clubs: Brentford (England)

After the 2016/17’s woes in the striking department, where midfielders were forced to play as target men, the arrival of Josh Bohui from the under-18s will be very welcome. The former-Brentford man, who joined United in 2016, played for the under-23s on five occasions last season, with the side looking more balanced in every appearance.

He’ll be the main striking option alongside Zak Dearnley, the winger who has recently told ManUtd.com that he’s worked with U18s boss Kieran McKenna to become more goal-orientated from a central striking position.

Bohui played frequently as a right-winger for Brentford and occasionally for United, but it now looks like his future will be up top. At Brentford, he was playing under-18s football aged 15 having joined the club aged 11.

Bohui in 2016/17:

Under-18s Under-23s
Starts Subs Goals Assists Starts Subs Goals Assists
18 7 6 6 2 3 0 2
Zak Dearnley
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RW Zak Dearnley | Photo: Thomas Gadd Photography

Birthdate: September 28, 1998 (18)
Nationality: England
Previous clubs: N/A
Birthplace: Sheffield, England

A winger converted to a more central position in the last season, Dearnley has improved the higher the level he plays. Impressing after returning from injury for the under-18s, Dearnley was used in the under-23s’ two final games of the season and acted game-changer against both Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.

He’s played above his age group for many years. A strong, powerful winger with the ability to cross or cut inside and charge down on goal himself, Dearnley will adjust well to a central position.

He was an unused substitute for the first team against Crystal Palace at Old Trafford last season, days after impressing for the under-23s against Spurs, clearly a sign of the esteem in which José Mourinho regards him.

Dearnley in 2016/17:

Under-18s Under-23s
Starts Subs Goals Assists Starts Subs Goals Assists
9 4 5 1 0 2 0 0
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