Taking a closer look at five Manchester United teenagers who could become the bedrock of their side of the future.
Manchester United supporters are currently seeing their expensively-assembled side blossom after a rough start under manager Louis van Gaal.
Recent wins against Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool suggest United have turned the corner and a top-four finish now looks a distinct possibility.
But while they have a number of superstars vying for first-team opportunities, there is plenty of teenage talent that has the potential to form the bedrock of United’s side of the future.
Here we take a look at five current United teenagers who could develop into very good players indeed.
Vanja Milinkovic (goalkeeper)
While United fans wait to say if goalkeeper David de Gea signs a new long-term contract at the club, and if Victor Valdes will ever make a competitive appearance, there is a young stopper who will have aspirations of his own further down the line.
Serbian teenager Vanja Milinkovic is currently on loan at FK Vojvidina but the imposing player will then return to Old Trafford in the hope of impressing for the under-21s.
In a few years, do not be surprised if he is knocking on the first-team door.
Timothy Fosu-Mensah (defender/defensive midfielder)
Timothy Fosu-Mensah was signed from Ajax last summer, creeping in under the radar after United brought in some of the world’s best players.
The 17-year-old is very highly-rated in his homeland and it is telling that van Gaal made him his first young signing after taking over.
A centre-back who could well develop into a wonderful defensive midfielder, expect big things from this player in time.
Josh Harrop (midfield)
Josh Harrop may not get the column inches his talent deserves but expect that to change over time.
The 19-year-old midfielder is now adding goals to his game and he has already turned out 12 times for United’s under-21s this season.
Demetri Mitchell (winger)
United are famed for their blistering wingers and Demetri Mitchell is another in that mould.
The 18-year-old has phenomenal pace and an eye for goal and it is somewhat surprising that he has not already tasted first-team action in the cup competitions.
James Wilson (striker)
Plenty has already been written about United’s 19-year-old striker James Wilson, but he simply has to make this list because he has what it takes to score a huge amount of goals in the years ahead.
He has had to wait patiently for his chances this season, used predominantly from the bench but still making 16 senior appearances and scoring two goals to add to his debut brace last year.
Over the next couple of years, expect Wilson to become a goal-scoring star at Old Trafford.