Manchester United have lifted the FA Youth Cup for the first time since 2011 after a 3-1 win over Nottingham Forest while Ralf Rangnick is keen to give some youngsters the chance to shine
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Manchester United have included three youngsters in first-team training this week ahead of their last match of the season.
Alejandro Garnacho was the man of the match as the Red Devils beat Nottingham Forest 3-1 with the 17-year-old scoring twice in the FA Cup Youth final. It has led to talk that the Argentine will be handed a new contract after his breakthrough season.
However, the teenager is not one of the three youngsters that have been called up to the first-team ahead of the final game of the season in the Premier League. Ralf Rangnick is looking at the younger options in his squad ahead of the dead rubber.
But while incoming manager Erik ten Hag might have his own plans for the transfer window this summer, taking a closer look at the young talents in the squad might save the club some money. Rangnick, who has made a career of developing players, has had plenty of time to monitor those with the best potential.
According to the Manchester Evening News, three youngsters have been called up to the squad this week and have been spotted in training. Alvaro Fernandez, Shola Shoretire and Teden Mengi took part in sessions this week and could be deployed against Palace this Sunday afternoon.
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Only Fernandez has yet to make his first-team debut already for United but is regarded as one of the best talents at the academy. The 19-year-old was named as the club’s Under-23 Player of the Year this week and can play at left-back.
Shoretire might be a name to remember in years to come with United coaches wowed by his skills in training while the 18-year-old has already made four appearances for the senior side. That includes his cameo against Real Sociedad last year that made him the youngest United player to ever represent the club in Europe.
Mengi, on the other hand, returned to Old Trafford earlier this season after injury saw his loan at Birmingham City cut short. It is almost the identical situation to last year where he impressed at Derby under Wayne Rooney but came back early after a hamstring problem.