The Manchester United academy is known as one of the best in the world of football. Players like David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, and Marcus Rashford came up through the youth teams at Carrington.
The class of ’92 is a good example of this. However, the Red Devils have been guilty of announcing the next best thing to come out of Old Trafford, only for the young player to fail under the intense pressure of being seen as United’s saviour.
After Amad Diallo was loaned to Sunderland and Tahith Chong was sold to Birmingham City on the Transfer Deadline, the team was left with a lot of holes to fill
1. Tyler blackett
Tyler Blackett joined United at the age of eight and signed his first professional contract in 2012 after beginning his career at Fletcher Moss Rangers, the same youth team as Wes Brown, Jesse Lingard, Danny Welbeck, and Marcus Rashford.
Blackett spent time on loan at Blackpool and Birmingham before being selected for the United first team ahead of the 2014–15 season after impressing Louis van Gaal, the club’s new manager, during the preseason.
2. Guillermo Varela
Guillermo Varela was given a two-week trial after impressing in the 2013 South American Youth Championship before signing a five-year agreement as David Moyes’ first signing in a deal for up to £2.5 million.
Following an 18-month term with the under-23s and a six-month stint with Real Madrid Castilla for the second part of the 2014/15 season, the kid made only four cameo appearances for the Red Devils.
His last game was against Liverpool in Europa League. Varela returned to Uruguayan side Penarol following a loan to Eintracht Frankfurt. A 1-1 tie at Old Trafford couldn’t erase a 2-0 loss in the first leg.
Varela is now employed by Dynamo Moscow but joined Flamengo on loan until May 2023 after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Adnan Januzaj scored two goals on his Man Utd debut to secure a 2-1 victory against Sunderland. He has since been a staple in David Moyes’ starting lineup.