Mason Greenwood became the youngest player to appear for Manchester United in the Champions League, aged 17 years and 156 days, breaking the record held by Gerard Pique, after a few days he became the second youngest ever player to debut for Manchester United in the Premier League, after Angel Gomes in May 2017(16y 263d V Crystal Palace).
Greenwood made his Champions League debut for Manchester United in the famous Champions League win over Paris Saint-Germain. His debut was so unexpected that the youngster had to take to the field wearing PSG shirt numbering. Greenwood came off the bench to make his first senior appearance before Marcus Rashford booked United’s place in the quarterfinals with a penalty.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer included five youngsters for the game against PSG, having given James Garner, Angel Gomes and Tahith Chong opportunities from the bench in recent weeks. They were joined by fellow youngsters Mason Greenwood and Brandon Williams.
The brilliance of Manchester United’s academy can be understood by the fact that there has been at least one academy graduate in United’s every match day squad continuously for more than the past 80 years.
Ryan Giggs, David Beckham, Marcus Rashford, Paul Pogba and many more have gone on to play for United and showcased their talent on the pitch.
We have looked at five of the brightest prospects of United’s youth academy, who will have the chance to the player for the Reds.