Manchester United have one of the best academy divisions in the whole of England. Their highly-rated academy has produced highly-skilled players since its inception, and some of their products have gone on to become regulars in other clubs.
At a time when stars are advancing in age and clubs are beginning to seek out replacements, United may have little problems replacing one of their legends, Michael Carrick. Carrick has been at the club for several years, and one young academy graduate who has been tipped to step into his shoes is Scott McTominay. The Englishman has literally spent his entire short career to date at United, having joined them when he was only five years old.
He was one of the surprise inclusions in United’s match day squad that brushed aside Benfica in the Champions’ league on Tuesday. He appeared comfortable operating beside Nemanja Matic in the centre of the pitch, and fans and pundits alike have begun comparing him to Michael Carrick.
In an interview with BT Sports recently, he said: “Well all those years I was growing up through the academy and watching the first team players and learning from them. Now (speaking of his Champions’ league debut) these nights are brilliant and I am made up.”
Another academy graduate who impressed on the night of the win against Benfica is Marcus Rashford. He won the penalty that got United their 2-goal advantage.