Manchester United's Young Talents Set to Shine in Pre-Season Clash Against Wrexham

Manchester United's Young Talents Set to Shine in Pre-Season Clash Against Wrexham
Published 3 months ago on Jul 26, 2023

Led by Jonny Evans, a team comprising Old Trafford academy products is set to showcase the club's promising youth talents.

Hollywood duo Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney, co-owners of National League champions Wrexham, are determined to elevate the club's profile by arranging pre-season games against top Premier League teams, with Manchester United being the latest opponent.

As fans eagerly await the clash, let's take a closer look at some of the United youngsters who are expected to make an impact against Wrexham.

Marc Jurado

Marc Jurado (right) starred since moving from Barcelona and is on the verge of the first team

Age: 19, Position: Right-back

Spanish talent Marc Jurado joined Manchester United from Barcelona's prestigious La Masia academy three years ago. The promising right-back quickly impressed in the Under 18 team and continued his upward trajectory, moving to the Under 21 set-up. Jurado's performances have caught the eye, and he even had the opportunity to train with the first-team last season. Barcelona is reportedly keen on bringing him back to Spain, but United is eager to retain his services.

Noam Emeran

Noam Emeran (pictured) scored for United in Oslo and has been compared to Marcus Rashford

Age: 20, Position: Left-wing

Emeran, a pacey left-winger with trickery on the ball, burst onto the stage during United's pre-season victory over Leeds in Oslo, where he opened the scoring. Compared to Marcus Rashford, Emeran's rise through the ranks of United's academy has been remarkable. Born in France with Rwandan citizenship, he turned down offers from Juventus and PSG to commit his future to the Red Devils. With an impressive record of 12 goals and 8 assists in 55 academy appearances last season, Emeran is undoubtedly one to watch.

Isak Hansen-Aaroen

Norwegian talent Isak Hansen-Aaroen is just 18 and looks like a star in the making at United

Age: 18, Position: Central midfield

Norwegian talent Isak Hansen-Aaroen aspires to follow in the footsteps of his countrymen Martin Odegaard and Erling Haaland in carving out a successful Premier League career. The versatile midfielder, adept in both central and attacking roles, has been making strides in United's academy. After starring at Under 18 level, he was promoted to the Under 21 side, where he has amassed 39 appearances. Having earned praise during a friendly clash against Rayo Vallecano, Hansen-Aaroen has already experienced first-team training sessions and appears destined for a bright future.

Joe Hugill

Youth team striker Joe Hugill (middle) has risen through the ranks of United's fabled academy

Age: 19, Position: Striker

Joe Hugill, an old-fashioned centre forward standing at 6ft 1in, made the move from Sunderland to Manchester United three years ago. With a prolific scoring record in United's development teams, Hugill's presence in the penalty box poses a challenge for opposition youth defenses. His impressive tally of 23 goals in 45 appearances for the Under 21 team, coupled with his performances at Under 18 level, caught the attention of National League side Altrincham, where he gained valuable senior experience on loan.

Shola Shoretire

Shola Shoretire (left) has been involved in the first-team but dropped down the pecking order

Age: 19, Position: Winger

Shola Shoretire's journey to establish himself in Manchester United's first-team has had its ups and downs. The highlight came when he made his senior debut at the age of 17, followed by additional appearances in the Premier League, Champions League, and Europa League. However, opportunities waned, leading to a short-term loan at Bolton to gain exposure to men's football. Despite the challenges, Shoretire's immense talent has not gone unnoticed, and he remains a prospect to watch.

Sonny Aljofree

Sonny Aljofree (second left) is United's U18 captain and is tipped for a big future at the club

Age: 18, Position: Centre-back

Sonny Aljofree, son of former Plymouth defender Hasney Aljofree, has been making strides in Manchester United's Under 18 setup. The 18-year-old's impressive performances saw him named captain after guiding the team to nine clean sheet victories last season. His notable leadership and defensive abilities have earned him high regard within the club's academy, and first-team opportunities may be on the horizon for this promising centre-back.

Manchester United's pre-season game against Wrexham promises to be an exciting showcase of the club's talented young prospects. Fans eagerly await the opportunity to witness these emerging stars shine on the pitch.


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