Forget Wilson for a while; here's how Tom Lawrence did on United debut

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Manchester United gave chances to two young front-men on Tuesday evening, so here we take a look at the impact of Tom Lawrence.

Considering James Wilson's immediate impact in a Manchester United shirt, it is no surprise the 18-year-old front-man has dominated the back-pages this morning. After all, two goals on your senior debut is something not many footballers can boast of.

But this article is not about Wilson, it is about the other young striker who was gifted a first-team chance by Ryan Giggs on Tuesday evening.

Tom Lawrence has spent the majority of this season on loan, first at League One side Carlisle and later in the Championship with Yeovil.  So it was quite a change for him to step out at Old Trafford alongside Wilson as one half of a young but extremely exciting partnership.

Wilson grabbed the goals, but how did Lawrence do?  Well a quick look at the Opta stats shows that he had a performance to be proud of, even if he did not get on the score-sheet.

The second-striker had two goal-scoring attempts, although neither was on-target.  He did however play two key passes to set up goal-scoring chances for a teammate.

  Total Scoring AttemptOn-target Scoring AttemptKey PassMins
Tom Lawrence 2 0 2 70

Lawrence touched the ball 57 times proving that he did not hide on the biggest occasion of his career to date. The 20-year-old also made 43 passes, 37 of which were accurate.

But as well as doing the simple stuff, he took on an opponent five times, proving the confidence is there despite the step up in quality.

  TouchesTotal PassAccurate PassDribblesMins
Tom Lawrence 57 43 37 5 70

Lawrence found the net five times during his loan spells and has also netted three times for Wales' under-21s this season.  It is a shame he did not score against the Tigers, but that match could be the start of something big for Lawrence.

After all, Giggs knows quality when he sees it, and he would not have picked Lawrence if he did not think he had what it took to succeed at United.

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