Young Reds: Part II
June 20, 2011 § Leave a comment
In one of my earlier posts I had written about the emergence of Manchester United and England U21 International Thomas Cleverley and the impact he might have on the Barclays Premier League in the coming season.In this article I will present two more of MUFC’s bright young prospects who can stake a claim to a first team berth in the future.Lanky yet powerful midfield enforcer Paul Pogba and playmaker cum striker Ravel Morrison both have earned plaudits for their superlative performances for the Reserves and U18s in the past few seasons.It will not be surprising to see both of them getting plenty of first-team action for United with a gamut of Carling Cup and FA Cup ties to be played from August.
Paul Pogba has gone from strength to strength since he made his controversial switch to MUFC from French side Le Havre in August 2009.Having captained his country at the U16 level, he showed signs of maturity while playing for the Academy which turned a lot of heads.He finished the 2009/2010 season with 19 starts and 7 goals which is not bad at all considering the fact that he is more of a defensive minded midfielder.
He has been compared to French midfield maestro Patrick Vieira because of his physique and astute technical abilities.He also has a powerful right foot and has scored many a scorcher during his time at the MUFC Academy and the Reserves.Check out this belter of a goal he scored against West Bromwich Albion..
He is definitely a prodigy but he needs to remain injury free.Only then he will truly realise his potential.Sir Alex is known to spot exciting talents from the youth side and give them opportunities to play alongside the first team players.Paul needs to grab them with both hands and only then he will truly become a United great.
Born in Wythenshawe,Manchester Ravel Morrison was first scouted for the Manchester United Academy by former United coach Phil Brogan.Ravel signed on as a first-year scholar in 2009 and turned professional on 2 February 2010, his 17th birthday.Blessed with sublime passing and an eye for goal ,he quickly asserted himself on the United Academy and Reserve side.Various football pundits even went on to say that he can become the greatest England has ever seen.
Sir Matt Busby had once said: “If they’re good enough, they’re old enough.”Ravel has had an outstanding season with the United reserves powering them to a FA Youth Cup triumph by beating Sheffield United in the two-legged final.He was the architect of their win over arch-rivals Liverpool in the quarter finals and then over Chelsea FC in the semis.Here’s a video of Ravel scoring twice in the FA Youth Cup Final.
He is undoubtedly one of the teenagers to watch in the future as his technique and skill separates him from most of the players his age.Have a look at a compilation of his goals which he had scored for the Academy and the Reserve side.Enjoy!