Five facts on Manchester United debutant Tom Lawrence

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Could he be about to become United's next Welsh wizard?

Though James Wilson is surely the Manchester United debutant who will hog the headlines in tomorrow's newspapers, he wasn't the only one.

In what was surely a pre-planned decision by player/caretaker manager Ryan Giggs, young Welshman Tom Lawrence also started the game for his first United appearance, and it was Lawrence that was replaced by the United legend around the 70 minute mark after a debut full of promise.

Below are five facts on the 20-year-old, who United fans will be hoping will be able to enjoy a fraction of the career of their favourite Welshman:

1. Thomas Lawrence was born in Wrexham, North Wales on 13th January 1994. He has already been at Manchester United for 12 years, having joined their academy at the tender age of 8.

2. As a skilful, quick forward, Lawrence tends to play off a strike partner, looking to drop into space and receive the ball. Yet to make his debut for the full Welsh national team, he has nevertheless impressed at Under-21 level for the Young Dragons, having scored 3 times at that level.

3. The Welshman has moved up through the youth teams steadily, despite finding higher profile names in front of him such as Federico Macheda and Angelo Henriquez, but he played a big part in last season's Premier League Under-21 triumph, setting up Larnell Cole's winning goal as United beat Spurs 3-2 in the final.

4. Lawrence's first professional football came earlier in the season, when he joined Ben Amos on loan at Carlisle United in League One. In two months at Brunton Park the youngster was superb, scoring 3 goals in just 9 games.

5. Lawrence left Carlisle to move up a division, as he took in a spell in the Championship with strugglers Yeovil Town, scoring twice in 19 appearances. His performances couldn't keep the Somerset side up but he impressed enough to earn a squad number upon his return to Old Trafford last week. Little did he know that he would be playing in his third division this year - the top one - wearing number 32 in United's final home game with Hull City. 

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