Could Ro-Shaun Williams and Joe Rothwell still make their Manchester United debuts this season?

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Taking a look at two Manchester United prospects yet to make their first-team debuts.

Manchester United are currently fighting tooth and nail for a top-four finish in the Premier League, meaning that manager Louis van Gaal is unlikely to give any more of his young prospects their debut until that is either guaranteed or impossible.

United’s 1-0 victory against Manchester City earlier this month means there is just one point between the two sides in the battle for the final Champions League place, although West Ham United are level with the Red Devils so there is all to play for.

That said, if United’s fate is sealed one way or the other before the end of the campaign it would be no surprise if van Gaal gave more youngsters their first-team chance.

The Dutchman has thrown in a whole host of young players this season with Marcus Rashford and Timothy Fosu-Mensah proving to be the most effective, but here are two more who could follow in their footsteps.

Joe Rothwell

Joe Rothwell is a 21-year-old midfielder whose future at Old Trafford remains unclear considering his current contract expires this summer.

That said, there is no doubting his talent and after 35 appearances for United’s under-21s the time could be right for him to finally make the step up.

A versatile player able to perform centrally, on the wing or in a more advanced position, he deserves his chance.

Ro-Shaun Williams

An exciting young defender with pace to burn and the build of a player considerably older, 17-year-old centre-back Ro-Shaun Williams has already been training with United’s first-team and he was on the substitutes’ bench for the FA Cup clash with West Ham United and the Europa League second leg against Liverpool.

Williams is one to watch and he would benefit from a run-out if circumstances allow.

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