Manchester United have played one and won one pre-season tour game. Sure, the game against Perth Glory wasn’t exactly the toughest opposition, but it was an excellent fixture to get ourselves into the swing of things once again.
Next up, the Red Devils take on Leeds United in what’ll be their second (and final) game in Australia. Ahead of the match, we’ve decided to draw up a list of five young players we’d like to see more of in this one…
The 18-year-old midfielder from Birkenhead scored within a couple of minutes of taking to the field against Perth, and what a cracker it was too. I’ve been calling for Garner to get his first-team chance for about six months now. My view hasn’t changed, he’s an immensely talented young man.
United are light in midfield and that’s why Garner deserves the opportunity to show Ole Gunnar Solskjaer what he can do. Hopefully, he gets at least a half here.
Signing a new centre-half has been a top priority for the Red Devils this summer, but maybe United already have their next defensive stalwart at the club… Axel Tuanzebe was stunning towards the end of last season with Aston Villa. I’m glad Solskjaer has taken him on tour.
The 21-year-old has the calmness and composure when on the ball. He’s also pretty good positionally while being an excellent header of the football, too. It’ll be intriguing to see how he gets on against Leeds United’s pacey attack.
It’s hard to believe this boy is just 17. After making his debut at home to Cardiff City, Greenwood’s stock is rising – and quickly. He was excellent against Perth on Saturday, showing his quickness, dribbling ability and directness.
Although the young Englishman was unlucky and didn’t score, the intent and purpose was there. The goals and assists will come in abundance and I just hope that he becomes a regular member of the squad over the next twelve months.
United’s first signing under Solskjaer was magnificent on debut. He’s quick, a great crosser of the football and he has unbelievable energy and work-rate. You get the feeling that as he gets more comfortable, this boy will only improve.
I genuinely believe Aaron Wan-Bissaka is already in contention to finish the campaign as United’s Player of the Season. It has been a while since we’ve had a top-class right-back who can tackle. The 21-year-old is an absolute brick-wall and he’ll take some beating.
Against Perth he won 5/5 tackles, a couple of them were perfectly timed slides. I would hope that trend continues against the old enemy later today.