Top Seven Unearthed Hot Prospects at Manchester United

Tottenham's Shayon Harrison and Manchester United's RoShaun Williams in action

It's been a long time since the Class of '92, but Manchester United are starting to produce some exciting talent once more.

Tottenham's Shayon Harrison and Manchester United's RoShaun Williams in actionHot prospect RoShaun Williams in action for Manchester United

Manchester United have long been regarded as one of the world's finest footballing institutions, and their academy has reflected that. From the Busby Babes to Fergie's Fledglings, the likes of Bobby Charlton, George Best, David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Gerard Pique have all come through the famed United academy.

Although recent years have been considered something of a dry spell at Old Trafford in terms of top class youth products, the current team can boast Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard were all nurtured at Manchester United from a young age, whilst many others such as Josh King and Robbie Brady are enjoying success away from Old Trafford.

Following England's success at the 2017 Under-20 World Cup, we take a look at some of the top prospects in the United youth ranks who are yet to be unearthed. So any players who have made a first team league appearance, such as Angel Gomes, Andreas Pereira and Marcus Rashford are omitted. 

Callum Gribbin

Tottenham's Zenon Stylianides and Manchester United's Callum Gribbin in actionCallum Gribbin on the ball against Tottenham Hotspur

Salford-born attacking midfielder Callum Gribbin is a real prospect at Manchester United. The 18-year-old has captained United's under-23's, who are coached by Nicky Butt, and has progressed well despite injury problems. A free-kick specialist, Gribbin is an excellent ball-player with an eye for a pass, and has the makings of a very capable playmaker.

RoShaun Williams

It's a little surprising that RoShaun Williams is yet to make a first team appearance in the Premier League for Manchester United, as the teenager seems to have been in and around the first team for a while. Williams is still only 18 though, and whilst he was named on the bench for United in a league game against West Ham over a year ago, he is yet to take to the field. A centre-back with outstanding speed, Williams was a renowned local sprinter before he was known as a talented young player at United.

Tahith Chong

Picture Supplied by Action ImagesTahith Chong will be hoping to be given a chance by Jose Mourinho

Tahith Chong is just 17, and was only 16 when Manchester United went out of their way to bring him to the club from Feyenoord. One of the hottest youth prospects in the Netherlands, a country renowned for their youth development, Chong can play on either wing or down the middle, but has played primarily on the left for United's under-18's, where he has scored 3 goals and made 7 assists in only 14 appearances. Chong was born in the Caribbean island of Curacao, and cannot be missed due to his distinctive long, shaggy hair. His progress has been halted by a nasty injury but the teenager should be back in action towards the end of the year.

Indy Boonen

Belgian youngster Indy Boonen is a technical midfield player with a touch of flair. The left-footed teenager likes to operate on the left but has also been deployed in attacking midfield. In 19 appearances for United's U18's, Boonen scored 6 goals and made 5 assists. He is quick and tricky and could probably do with a loan move in the near future.

Aidan Barlow

Another Salford-born teenager, Aidan Barlow is a prolific attacking midfielder with good technique. The 17-year-old has scored 12 goals in 20 games for Manchester United's youth teams, averaging a goal every 70 minutes, a strike rate any centre-forward would be proud of. The midfielder gained brief notoriety just over a year ago when he scored a good goal following a clever rainbow flick in an under-16's game against Newcastle.

Tyrell Warren

Versatile young defender Tyrell Warren has made speedy progress at Manchester United, making 14 appearances for the under-18's and 8 appearances for the under-23's last season. The pacy 18-year-old from Manchester can play anywhere across the backline, but is probably best suited to playing at right-back.

Dean Henderson

Dean HendersonDean Henderson warming up for Manchester United

Given that this piece was partly inspired by England's triumph at the 2017 Under-20 World Cup in South Korea, it would be unjust to leave out the lone Manchester United player in that squad, Dean Henderson. The 20-year-old shot stopper was England's number two at the tournament, but will be hoping to be number one at Old Trafford one day. Henderson has spent the last two seasons out on-loan at Stockport County and Grimsby Town, gaining invaluable experience, and may well go out on-loan again next season, preferably to a League One club to further his progression. 

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