Manchester United have made it a small mission recently to recruit young English talent, with the arrivals of Ashley Young, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and this summer Nick Powell from Crewe; but they have been linked with two more in the form of Blackpool’s Tom Ince and Birmingham City’s Nathan Redmond.
Tom is of course the son of former Manchester United legend Paul Ince and previously played for another one of his old man’s former sides, Liverpool. His career highlight at Anfield was his debut, in Liverpool’s League Cup defeat to Northampton Town in 2010.
Two years later and Tom has become one of the most sought after players in the country and appears to have a strong head on his shoulders. He rejected the offer of a new contract at Liverpool in order to play first-team football with Blackpool after an impressive loan-spell at Notts County.
He has been a huge success at the club, playing a major role in their run to the play-off final last season.
Ian Holloway recently announced his belief that Ince would be in the England squad if he was playing in the Premier League and that The Seasiders had received a bid for the 20-year-old from an unnamed Premier League club that was rejected after he was assured by both Tom and his father Paul that he wanted to remain at Bloomfield Road for the foreseeable future.
With a wicked left foot, natural pace and strength not to mention his incredible dribbling ability you can see why such interest is apparent; he is also dextrous, despite currently playing on the wing he has played in the heart of midfield in the past.
His recent inclusion in the England under-21 squad has been just another step on the ladder to what should be a successful career.
Nathan Redmond may not have the media friendly personal links with the club but his raw ability will also appeal to Alex Ferguson. He has been compared to current United winger Ashley Young, however that is doing him a disservice as he most definitely carries more speed than the former Aston Villa player.
Born and raised in Birmingham he made his debut in August 2010 at the tender age of 16 years and 173 days, just 34 days older then Trevor Francis was on his Brum debut.
His performance against Portuguese side Nacional in the Europa League last season was when his talent really started to become noticed, as he scored a stunning long-range drive and hit the post with another great effort.
He is also a regular for England’s youth teams and United may be tempted to move for the electric winger.
One thing that is for sure, the two of them in tandem would be a nightmare for any Premier League defence.
So, should United sign the Championship duo?
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