Manchester United face Austrian side LASK in the second leg of the round of sixteen tie in the Europa League on Wednesday. After achieving a third-place finish in the Premier League, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will want his young side to get the taste of winning a silverware before drawing the curtains on the season.
Carrying a five-goal lead from the first leg and having a foot firmly planted into the quarter-finals, the Red Devils are likely to feature several youngsters in their team, but which ones could feature?
The eighteen-year-old right-back is a highly rated prospect from the academy. Aaron Wan Bissaka having played in the majority of games this season would be given a well-deserved rest. With Solskjaer seemingly out of favour with Diogo Dalot, Ethan Laird is likely to get the nod over both him and Timothy Fosu Mensah. Laird is known for his technical brilliance on the ball added combined with a great pace. He is regarded as one of the best full-backs to come through the academy in recent years. A European cup fixture at home with less pressure on his shoulders would be a perfect opportunity for the teenager to showcase his talents on a bigger stage.
A potential start for Mengi?
The young Manchester-born centre-back has been putting up impressive performances with the youth team this season. The sturdy defender could be knocking on the first team door soon if he continues his progress. At just eighteen, he stands 6ft tall and is a physically dominant centre half with great speed. He has been compared to RB Leipzig's French defender Dayot Upamecano in terms of his physicality and playing style. With at least three centre-backs on their way out of the club, next season could be a breakthrough season for the youngster. Mengi is also rumoured to make his professional debut for the club.
James Garner is a name that has been heard a lot in recent years with regard to emerging players from the academy. Although the nineteen-year-old defensive midfielder hasn't got any significant first-team exposure yet, he is still highly rated by everyone at the club. He is known for his excellent passing and shooting techniques. However, his physicality has been put to doubt at times of whether he would fare against the tougher opponents playing as a holding midfielder. This match could be a great platform for the youngster to showcase his ability.
Ethan Galbraith is perhaps the standout player from this list who was able to feature for his country's senior side even before his senior club debut. The nineteen-year-old Northern Irishman plays in a central midfield role and is known for his impressive ball control and speed. He has a great ability to finish off chances and the early signs indicate he could be the next regular box to box midfielder for United. An appearance in a European fixture would only do good for the teenager and which will allow him to get some valuable first-team minutes.
Tahith Chong is the oldest player on this list who is 20 years old. After lots of uncertainties over his future, the Dutchman finally seems fully committed to the club. He had his fair share of minutes in the first team over a couple of years but was unable to make an instant impact. However, he's still a very talented player and if nurtured properly can become an asset for the club.
His main attributes are his speed and ability to put crosses into the box. He's also a good finisher who can play on either wing. However, he still needs to work on his physique to become a more dominant winger with the ability to take on people with ease.
Several new faces are expected to be in the teamsheet for Wednesday's game and it will be interesting to see how Solskjaer fits in this young crop of players with the experienced members in the squad.
With the five-goal cushion from the first leg, this allows them to play with more freedom and confidence - without the pressure from of a rowdy 70,000 at Old Trafford too.