Think it all depends on signings. If we get De Jong and Eriksen, we’ll potentially have 6 CMs in Fred, McTominay, FDJ, VDB, Eriksen and Bruno. I don’t see much scope for game time for any academy players there, except fleeting cup appearances.
Up front I think the chances are better. Right now we have Ronaldo (38), Sancho, Rashford, and Martial, there could be some serious opportunities for Elanga, Amad, Pellestri, and Garnacho, depending on who impressed in pre-season. Two of them could hold down regular rotation spots. But then, we have the impact of signings. If Antony comes, there’s probably one slot left between 4 of them. The rest will go on loan.
In defence I think Alvaro Fernandez had as much chance at game time as Laird, which I doubt is much, if any, for either of them. Mejbri is probably the most advanced of the bunch, with Elanga, so my guess would be those two are best placed, except in Mejbri’s case the competition is potentially much stiffer if the two rumoured signings materialise.
Pre-season is a wild card with a new manager and I wouldn’t rule out one of Amad, Garnacho or Pellestri staking a claim for a regular squad spot.
Most are likely best served on carefully curated loans.