Manchester United look odd’s on to win the Premier League this season, and win it with a squad of players relatively unchanged from the group that finished empty handed in all competitions last season.
With the notable inclusion of Van Persie, United do not often have to spend big on transfers because their youth system is so good. The scouts at United have a nose for potential and consistently buy players at a young age and develop them into household names. So who are we most likely to see coming through the ranks at Old Trafford in the near future.
Though he is already a relatively well known player as he is a regular for Stuart Pearce’s Under 21 England side, Zaha is set to become a player known across the globe when he makes his first team debut for Manchester United.
Those that have managed to see Zaha perform for England or Crystal Palace will know that he is an exciting winger, with pace, skill and confidence.
Manchester United have a history of producing the some of the best wide men the world has ever seen, the likes of Giggs and Christiano Ronaldo are a testament to this position of great esteem. There will be some pressure on the young Zaha to quickly show signs of his true potential after he cost £15 million, £3 million more than Christiano Ronaldo.
Currently on loan at Leciester City, Michael Keane is the future of the Red Devils defence. He has only featured for Man United three times, in domestic cup competitions but has experienced more first team action in the Championship.
He scored his first senior goal in the FA Cup, in Leicester’s defeat to Huddersfield town. The loan deal with Leicester was extended until the end of the season and should afford the opportunity to gain some valuable experience at a good level, with Leicester battling for promotion.
At under-19 level, Keane has five international caps for England. Stuart Pearce is yet to call him up to the under-21 level, but his strong build, and natural defensive qualities will provide the perfect understudy for Ferdinand and Nemaja Vidic.
His volley in the play-off final at Wembley in 2012 earned his boy-hood side promotion to League one and brought the raised eyebrows of scouts across the country. Winning promotion with Crewe Alexandria, and earning the League 2 Goal of the Season award for a 30 yard strike especially drew attention from Manchester United and they paid a reported £4 million, rising to £6 million, to secure his services.
He scored in his Premier League debut for Manchester United after coming on as a substitute, offering a glimpse of what United fans will surely be excited to see more of in the near future.
Could he become the next goal scoring midfielder in the ilk of Paul Scholes, Frank Lampard or Steven Gerrard? Though he is only 18 he has appeared for the under-21 team and is in the right place to learn and develop his trade.