Nothing pleases the Old Trafford faithful more than the sight of one of their own making it to the highest level with United. They really value their youngsters at the Red Devils. The famed “class of 92” , which included the likes of Paul Scholes, Phil Neville, Gary Neville and Nicky Butt had a huge role to play in making United the global behemoths that they presently are. The club proudly boast of their record of having fielded at least one academy product in each match day squad for over 70 years.
The club has now secured the long term future of another promising academy product in Josh Harrop, who , according to the Guardian, has penned a new long term deal after impressing for the club’s youth team last season.
The highly rated 19-year-old midfielder impressed while playing for the United youth side in the UEFA Youth League last season. His commanding performances in the center of the park resulted in a call up by England under-20 national team last season.
Van Gaal is reportedly impressed by the youngster’s performances and is keen to take a further look closely at him during the club’s pre-season tour of North America , where he will decide whether the player is capable of making the step up to first-team football next season.
The youngster is a lifelong Red Devils supporter and hails from the nearby Stockport area. He will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of fellow academy graduates James Wilson, Jesse Lingard, Paddy McNair and Tyler Blackett, who all made the step up to the United first-team last season.
The youngster is lucky in the fact that he would be continuing his development under the watchful eyes of Louis van Gaal, who has quite a reputation for promoting academy players throughout the length of his illustrious career. He was the man responsible for bringing through the likes of Andres Iniesta and Victor Valdes at Barcelona, and Thomas Mueller at Bayern Munich. The ulsterman was also responsible for evolving Bastian Schweinsteiger from a capable winger into one of the best central midfielders in the world.
United supporters will be keenly watching the youngster’s progress. For a club that prides itself on its famous academy products , they might have just unearthed another.