Manchester United have experienced an average pre-season where they have attained just a solitary victory in normal time against Real Madrid. Despite this, there have been plenty of positives with a number of youngsters offered the chance to impress – in the absence of first-team regulars, who are on vacation following their World Cup exploits.
Two Manchester United youngsters to watch out for next season:
Andreas Pereira: The 22-year-old has been one of the standout performers for Manchester United during their pre-season tour of the United States. In the absence of Paul Pogba and the injured Nemanja Matic, Pereira has been afforded the chance to start from the heart of the midfield and the Brazilian has certainly made an impression with his sublime freekick against Liverpool topping the charts. Pereira pushed through a temporary exit to Valencia last summer after he was not assured of regular gametime but things could pave differently time around, should he impress during the opening weeks. Mourinho largely preferred the 4-3-3 formation during the backend of the previous season and the same setup may witness Pereira start alongside Ander Herrera and new signing Fred for the curtain raiser against Leicester City.
Marcus Rashford: The talents of Marcus Rashford has never been doubted since his match-defining brace against FC Midtjylland during the 2015/16 season. Nevertheless, the 20-year-old has yet to command a regular starting role under Jose Mourinho, who has generally fancied to go with experience. With a similar 4-3-3 formation, Rashford’s chances of gametime most certainly lie on the right wing and it will be interesting to see whether he can improve from the previous campaign where he struggled to make amends from the position. Both Rashford and Anthony Martial have been used to slotting into either the centre-forward or left wing roles but with Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez in the ranks, they have little choice but to compete for the right wing spot. Aside from Martial, Rashford faces added competition from Juan Mata and compatriot Jesse Lingard for the position.
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