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Young Devils on the brink! Part 1

Sid Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Macheda's brilliant goal on debut against Aston Villa

The academy at Manchester United has over the years produced several talented footballers, some of whom have made a career for themselves at the club or at other clubs around the world.

The likes of Scholes, Giggs, Fletcher, Beckham, Gary Neville, etc all emerged from our famed academy and went on become huge stars at Old Trafford. Similarly Gerard Pique, Giuseppe Rossi, Jonathan Spector, Phil Neville, Phil Bardsley, etc. have gone on to establish themselves at other clubs.

So it isn’t surprising to see a new generation of talented youngsters emerging from the academy, waiting for a chance in the first team. Especially impressive is the number of youngsters in various positions who all seem good enough to make it at Old Trafford.

Taking a look at everyone would make this article become long and arduous, so I think it’s best if we discussed a small bunch of players at a time. So we shall begin with our striker force.

Federico Macheda:
Of all the youngsters coming through no one can match the excitement that    surrounded his emergence, the euphoria that emanated throughout Manchester following his injury time winner against Aston Villa was amazing! He galvanized our title challenge that season.

2 years on, He hasn’t really been able to live up to the initial hype, but that said he has improved significantly since. Unfortunately he’s been on the receiving end of a lot of criticism off late, but he’s clearly a very talented striker, with a great finish. He’s still only 19 and he has time on his side to improve, Sir Alex has tried his best to blood him into the first team gradually and it won’t be long before Macheda shows us all what he’s truly capable of.

Danny Welbeck:
He’s a player who Sir Alex rates really high, called up to the first team when he was just 17, Danny has been on the fringes on the first team ever since, learning from the best.  Danny’s premiership debut was a memorable one, as he scored a beautiful 30 yard strike to the top corner of the goal against Stoke in November 2008.

Danny is a very tall player, almost 6’ 1”,and very quick, and is adept at playing as winger; He has lots of talent that’s for sure, and should improve with experience.

Joshua King:
He’s another of Ole Gunnar Solksjaer’s finds from Norway, and is considered the most talented off all our young strikers.

King is blessed with searing pace and great physical attributes, making him a handful for any defender. This coupled with his great technical ability make him a very dangerous player. Though one area Joshua really needs to work on is his finishing, and hopefully this will improve with practice.

William Keane:
Keane exploded onto the scene last season, scoring goals in almost every game.  Though only 16 at the time, he was tearing apart defenses in the academy level including a hat-trick against Manchester City. His sublime form, led to comparisons to Teddy Sheringham.

Keane isn’t the fastest player around but he has the ability to get into the box unmarked, and can time his runs to perfection, already well-established for Engalnd at the youth level. He is a very talented player for sure. This clearly shown by the 13 goals he scored last term for the academy. And he’s scored 5 from 5 appearances so far, after a slow start to the season.

John Cofie:
Signed from Burnley, we had to beat off competition from the likes of Liverpool to get him. Although he didn’t have the best of seasons last year, overshadowed by Will Keane’s spectacular form, this season he’s picked up where Will left off, he’s been in terrific form this season, scoring 6 goals in 8 appearances so far for the academy.

His pace and physical strength are his best attributes, and he seems to have improved on his finishing over the summer, as he’s been very prolific in front of goal this season. A long way to go for him, but the future looks very bright for the young lad.

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DeviledSpam said...

Very informative BT! I don't get 2 watch many reserve games so this is great incite 4 RedDevils like me. Have 2 say I'm 1 of those who have held off of praise 4 Macheda. He has improved definitely but I don't see the talent in him that I see in Welbeck. Welbeck is primed 4 success IMHO. Hate he was sent on oan instead of Macheda but I think it was more a decision 2 keep Macheda interested @ OT instead of moving back 2 Italy. Good incite on Coffie, King & Keane. Can't wait 4 2nd part w/ hopefully Eikrem, Cleverley & Brown.

paulson said...

i think macheda is a good player...he has a knack of scoring important goals...and he finds space well...he does give the ball away cheaply at times..but given time nd more first teem action...he will you said ..he is still only 19...

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