Five Manchester United youngsters to watch in 2015

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Here we take a look at the next set of Manchester United youngsters who could break into Louis van Gaal's first-team.

Manchester United are renowned for giving youth a chance and this season has been no different, with the likes of James Wilson, Paddy McNair and Tyler Blackett all thrown into first-team action by manager Louis van Gaal.

But what about the next generation of United players?

Here we take a look at five United youngsters to keep an eye out for in 2015.

Ben Pearson

The heir-apparent to Paul Scholes in the centre of United’s midfield – just watch him play and see how similar his style is to the former United star – Ben Pearson will be hoping 2015 is his breakout year.

Currently 19, Pearson has a bright future and it would be no surprise to see him given a chance in the cup competitions next year.

Demetri Mitchell

Demetri Mitchell is a 17-year-old winger with pace to burn and an eye for goal. He has already enjoyed success with England’s under-17 side and he would go down a storm if and when he is given a chance at Old Trafford.

A potential game-changer from the bench he could seize his chance every bit as effectively as Adnan Januzaj did last season.

Andreas Pereira

Attacking midfielder Andreas Pereira has the talent to succeed at United but does he also have the luck? After all, that may be what it comes down to when you consider the other players vying for a similar spot in the side as the 18-year-old.

Pereira is a Brazil under-20 international who has impressed for United’s youth sides but he has had to watch patiently as the likes of Januzaj and Wilson have got chances while he has had to make do with stints on the bench.

Joe Rothwell

Central midfielder Joe Rothwell has impressed for the club’s under-21 side and could force his way into van Gaal’s first-team plans if needs dictate.

The Manchester-born player has been with the club since he was six and he has formed a fine partnership with Pearson that could one day be replicated at senior level.

Saidy Janko

Right-back Saidy Janko was also on the list for players to watch in 2014, but his talent is such that he has to be included again.

The Swiss-born player did make his debut for United this season – in the ill-fated Capital One Cup clash against MK Dons – but that has been his only senior action to date.

Janko has what it takes to make it at United and it will be interesting to see if van Gaal gives him more of a chance in the next calendar year.

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