Five under-21 stars who could have an impact on Manchester United's season

Manchester United have several under-21 stars who could play a big role at the club this season.

Manchester United have announced their 25-man squad for the Premier League as well as their under-21 contracted and scholars list for the season.

The first team squad makes for impressive reading but Louis van Gaal has already shown he’s willing to offer chances to some of the club’s younger players over the course of the season.

With no restriction on the number of under-21 players at the club, we’ve taken a look at five youngsters who could play a part in United’s season.

Tyler Blackett

The 20-year-old defender has already featured in the club’s Premier League campaign with three appearances.

Van Gaal identified him as someone he liked the look of during pre-season and with no centre-back signed during the January transfer window, he could see plenty of first team game time this season.

James Wilson

The teenage striker made his Premier League debut for the club at the back end of last season.

He’s one of the most talented forwards in English under-21 football and he’ll be looking to add to his senior goal tally, which he opened with a brace on that debut against Hull City.

Saidy Janko

The 18-year-old defender is one of the more recent recruits into the Manchester United youth setup.

He featured in the League Cup defeat at the MK Dons but seemed well suited to the way that van Gaal is currently setting up his defence. He should get another chance in domestic cup football and it’s up to him to put pressure on the boss to work him into the team.

Reece James

Reece James first grabbed the attention of van Gaal during pre-season when he bagged a brace in the huge win against LA Galaxy.

He’s got pace and is great in the opponent’s final third although the defensive side of his game needs to improve. He could feature in the left wing-back role at some point during United’s FA Cup adventure.

Michael Keane

Similarly to Blackett, Keane could find himself mixing it with the first team ranks if there are problems in terms of injuries and suspensions with the defence.

He’s a real talent in United’s under-21 backline and is only going to improve in terms of consistency and defensive discipline if he plays against hardened strikers this season.

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