Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been tipped to call upon Aliou Traore after his loan spell with Stade Malherbe Caen comes to an end. The 19-year-old joined the Ligue 2 side during the summer transfer window. And big things are expected of the teenager at Old Trafford.
Manchester United have several gems in their academy at present.
Willy Kambwala has already impressed for the club following his arrival on transfer deadline day, with the youngster drawing comparisons with Raphael Varane.
Hannibal Mejbri has been touted as the next big thing having flourished since his own move from Monaco last year.
And United also have high hopes for Joe Hugill, Charlie McNeill, Alvaro Fernandez, Marc Jurado and Alejandro Garnacho in the long run.
Another player who has sparkled at youth level so far is Traore.
And, now, former United star Ben Thornley has expressed a belief Solskjaer will call upon the teenager once his loan spell with Stade Malherbe Caen comes to an end.
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“They are a very young side but they have had some positive results. Neil Wood and Nicky Butt are doing a terrific job and there will be plenty more to come from them over the course of the season.”
Thornley also thinks United have a hot prospect in Anthony Elanga.
“In football in general, the old fashion winger has slowly died out with the numerous systems teams use,” he said.
“You rarely see people playing 4-4-2 anymore, and even when they do, you’re not talking about a winger on one side and a winger on the other.
“But I always feel as though you’ve got to bring into the club those players that are going to provide you with that width and excitement, somebody who is going to get you off your seat.
“Facundo Pellistri was on the bench against PSG, and Amad Diallo at Atalanta can’t affect anything at the club until he arrives in January.
“But we have got similar players and wingers in the academy, certainly one who I’d like to mention in Anthony Elanga.
“I’ve watched Anthony this season in the U23s. He’s got blistering pace, two great feet and can score a goal.
“I don’t think it will be long until he’s knocking on the door of the first-team squad, and people will get a glimpse of what talent we’ve got coming through in those sort of positions.
“With the addition of Traore and Pellistri, who I’ve heard a lot of very good things about, it will just give Manchester United that extra dimension to be able to play a different type of system.”
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