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Man Utd’s 16 teenage debutants under Solskjaer who helped earn him new contract

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has signed a three-year contract at Manchester United.

The Red Devils have secured the Norwegian’s future until 2024 after a second place finish in the Premier League last season.

United officials continue to support Solskjaer and are particularly encouraged by his promotion of youngsters in the first-team squad.

As per Opta, Solskjaer has handed 16 teenagers debutants in his 151 games in charge at Old Trafford.

That is one more than Jose Mourinho, Louis van Gaal, Ryan Giggs and David Moyes gave during their combined 302 games in the managerial hot seat.

Executive-Vice Chairman Ed Woodward is pleased with how the 48-year-old has integrated young talent into his squad.

Solskjaer has continued Manchester United’s rich tradition of blooding young talent

“Ole and his staff have worked tirelessly putting the foundations in place for long-term success on the pitch,” he said.

“The results of that have become increasingly visible over the past two seasons and we are all looking forward to seeing this exciting team develop further in the years ahead.

“What is especially pleasing is the way this progress has been achieved with a blend of young, homegrown talent and top-class recruits, playing attacking football in the best traditions of Manchester United. ”

Here, Mirror Football looks at the 16 teenagers Solskjaer has handed debuts at Old Trafford.

Tahith Chong will spend this season out on loan at Birmingham City
Tahith Chong will spend this season out on loan at Birmingham City

Tahith Chong

Chong was a hot prospect when Solskjaer took over and was handed his debut in the FA Cup against Reading in January 2019.

He is yet to reach the levels anticipated with loan spells at Werder Bremen and Club Brugge.

But he will now be hoping to make an impact in England after sealing a loan switch to Championship side Birmingham City.

James Garner

Garner shone out on loan at Nottingham Forest
Garner shone out on loan at Nottingham Forest

Garner will be hoping to make his mark under Solskjaer this year after shining in his loan spell at Nottingham Forest.

The Birkenhead-born midfielder struggled during his brief spell at Watford but made a profound impact in the Midlands.

He made his debut against Crystal Palace in February 2019 and is currently involved in United’s pre-season preparations.

Brandon Williams

Williams made 36 first-team appearances in his breakthrough season, capitalising on an injury to Luke Shaw.

But he is expected to go out on loan after struggling for minutes due to Shaw’s brilliant resurgence in form and the arrival of deputising Alex Telles.

Mason Greenwood

Greenwood is already a star at Old Trafford
Greenwood is already a star at Old Trafford

Greenwood is a star of the present and the future and Solskjaer has made no secret that he has high hopes for the deadly forward.

The 19-year-old made his United debut in the remarkable Champions League comeback victory against PSG in March 2020.

Teden Mengi

Mengi made his United debut in the Europa League against LASK in August 2020.

He spent last season on loan at Wayne Rooney’s Derby County and has been linked with a second spell at Pride Park.

The central defender has impressive leadership qualities and could have a bright future at United.

Di’Shon Bernard

Bernard partnered Mengi in United’s youth teams and was given his debut in a 2-1 Europa League defeat to Astana in November 2019, where he scored an own goal.

He is yet to feature again under Solskjaer and spent last season out on loan at Class of 92-owned Salford City.

D’Mani Mellor

Mellor is in recovery after a serious injury that ruined his 2020/21 campaign.

The forward suffered a devastating ACL tear last summer and now faces huge competition to return to first-team contention.

His United debut came in a 30-minute cameo against Astana 16 months ago.

Dylan Levitt

Levitt spent the summer with Wales at Euro 2020
Levitt spent the summer with Wales at Euro 2020

Levitt partnered Garner in his first-team debut in the experimental side against Astana.

He spent last season on loan at Charlton and Croatian side NK Istra 1961 before joining up with Wales at Euro 2020.

Largie Ramazani

Ramazani’s six minute cameo against Astana in 2019 was his only United appearance.

After rejecting a new contract at Old Trafford, the winger joined Spanish second division team UD Almeria last summer.

Ethan Galbraith

Galbraith was one of many academy graduates to debut in the Europa League defeat to Astana
Galbraith was one of many academy graduates to debut in the Europa League defeat to Astana

The Northern Ireland international was another to debut against Astana and is highly-regarded in United’s youth set-up.

Galbraith has featured in United’s pre-season ahead of the new campaign and has been linked with a temporary switch to Sunderland.

Ethan Laird

Laird is yet to feature for United in pre-season after an injury sustained on loan at MK Dons last season.

He was another academy star to make his debut in the defeat to Astana in Kazakhstan.

Amad

Amad is at the Tokyo Olympic Games with Ivory Coast
Amad is at the Tokyo Olympic Games with Ivory Coast

The only teenager Solskjaer has debuted who has not been a product of United’s academy.

Amad arrived from Atalanta in January and made his first-team debut against Real Sociedad in the following month.

He has already shown exciting glimpses of his talent and scored his first goal for the club in the Europa League against AC Milan.

Shola Shoretire

Aged just 17, Shoretire is the youngest player Solskjaer has afforded a United debut so far.

The young forward shone for the U23 side last term and was rewarded with a Premier League cameo against Newcastle in February.

Anthony Elanga

Elanga scored his first United goal against Wolves
Elanga scored his first United goal against Wolves

Elanga made his United debut in the much-changed team against Leicester in May.

He then scored a fine header on the last day of the Premier League season against Wolves.

He is another with a bright future at Old Trafford.

Will Fish

Fish came off the bench in United’s final game against Wolves and is the latest academy graduate to make his first-team debut.

The 18-year-old defender will spend this season at Stockport County after completing a loan move to the National League side.

Hannibal Mejbri

There are high hopes for Mejbri at Old Trafford
There are high hopes for Mejbri at Old Trafford

Mejbri is seen as one of the most exciting young prospects behind the scenes at Old Trafford.

He was named United’s U23 player of the season and made a brief cameo on the final day of the campaign against Wolves.




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