What can/should we expect from Greenwood, Gomes, Garner and Chong?

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Gomes - because of his physicality, will have a slower introduction IMO but can become quality player and a starting 11 player for a truly big team that can compete for trophies. Hopefully we keep him long term, ability and technique not the question with him.

Greenwood - Potential world class striker IMO. Van Persie-esque in so many things he does. As always with any young player making the jump, question will always be mentality and fitness, but I'm confident he'll be a starter before the end of the season.

Chong - Don't think he'll stay here long term. Go out on a few loans like Fosu Mensah before settling at a lower/mid table club. More pace than talent.

Garner - haven't seen enough of him, but he hasn't ever particularly stood out when I have, but it's also much more difficult to stand out as a young midfielder like that. It's also a much slower development process with those types. Would say if he does become a United player eventually, he's a few years away from any serious role.

Is Greenwood really that good ? To say he looks world class you must be judging that on reserve team football and that’s a massive call to make. I don’t know enough about him but he must be ripping that level to bits to be identified as ‘potential world class’ at this stage.

What’s he so good at that makes him stand out ?
 

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A thing I noticed from the Perth match is our left side seemed more active than the right (as usual) and coincidentally, James and Gomes looked more lively than Chong and Greenwood respectively. When James and Chong switched sides, the former somewhat disappeared while the latter became more involved.

In fact, the only right-sided player who impressed in an attacking sense was Dalot. Maybe just a coincidence, but something to keep in mind when looking at the right sided players.
 

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haha all idiots making player profiles/summary based on 1 game!

@limerickcitykid thoughts ? anyone else who has seen them consistently over the past 6 months?

All need 10-20+ games this season to build on.
 

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Is Greenwood really that good ? To say he looks world class you must be judging that on reserve team football and that’s a massive call to make. I don’t know enough about him but he must be ripping that level to bits to be identified as ‘potential world class’ at this stage.

What’s he so good at that makes him stand out ?
Everything about him stands out as a potential future world class player. It doesnt always work out, but as a striker, attacker, whatever, he has absolutely everything. He has a good size, is agile, has good pace first of all from a physique point of view. On the ball, he has very good technique, good touch, is a good dribbler. Can pass it decently, has excellent movement (blindingly obvious even in limited first team games, chances don't just fall to players that frequently by coincidence), and in terms of striker the ball, has it all. Can shoot with power with either foot, can place it with either foot. Can take free kicks with either foot. All those qualities combined are just so rare. In terms of heading the ball, he has a good enough leap on him to be able to learn and really improve in that aspect as many young players do.

Not only did he tear it up at every youth level he performed at (despite only turning 17 years old last season), his performances also impressed in the first team, showing his excellent technique and movement, but just lacking the composure in front of goal which isn't exactly a huge shock for a fresh 17 year old making his debut... In terms of United prospects, I'm not sure when was the last time one looked as promising as he does. Hell you have Liverpool fans on here praising him even. He just looks like he has everything RvP had in his prime, and just needs to grow, mature and really develop those already very good skills.

As always with young players though, it's never a guarantee. But for him, the 2 biggest things (that apply to every youngster until they make that step successfully) is if he can stay fit and avoid serious injuries or regular injury problems, and if mentally he can handle the step up. In terms of his combination of natural technical ability, physique, footballing intelligence, I've got no doubts whatsoever that he has it all to become a world class striker. He's far more talented and ready than Rashford looked IMO, maybe even more complete as a striker than Martial look, and even still has a higher ceiling. But as we see with Martial, sometimes they don't have that personal drive to keep pushing on and keep progressing, so you never know.
 

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Is Greenwood really that good ? To say he looks world class you must be judging that on reserve team football and that’s a massive call to make. I don’t know enough about him but he must be ripping that level to bits to be identified as ‘potential world class’ at this stage.

What’s he so good at that makes him stand out ?
Everything. First, the best ones - shooting. It comes naturally to Mason. Left, right, doesn't matter. Set pieces - he's very very good (atleast FKs); crossing and passing is decent. These technical skills are already above youth level but he needs to be eased in regardless. Look up his last season highlights on youtube - he's potential WC.
 

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Welcome to the Red Cafe, where some are hyped to the moon, others are strewn aside like dump too quickly. At the national level, Chong has been capped at every level from U15s to U21s. After a bad injury the year before, he has shown great potential last year and at 19, he has time in his side. Not every player is Mbappe, each player has their own way of development and I'm willing to give Chong time, probably needs a loan or two. Gomes and Greenwood seem ready to play a big role for the first team, though.
Yeah exactly, there's no shame in not being ready at 19.
Greenwood and Gomes look ready, but that doesn't mean we should just bin off Chong because he isn't.
 

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If Longstaff is valued by Newcastle at £50m and considering James's fee, what would you value each of these 4 youngsters at?
I don't think there's any amount of money that would convince us to let Greenwood go.
 

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Everything about him stands out as a potential future world class player. It doesnt always work out, but as a striker, attacker, whatever, he has absolutely everything. He has a good size, is agile, has good pace first of all from a physique point of view. On the ball, he has very good technique, good touch, is a good dribbler. Can pass it decently, has excellent movement (blindingly obvious even in limited first team games, chances don't just fall to players that frequently by coincidence), and in terms of striker the ball, has it all. Can shoot with power with either foot, can place it with either foot. Can take free kicks with either foot. All those qualities combined are just so rare. In terms of heading the ball, he has a good enough leap on him to be able to learn and really improve in that aspect as many young players do.

Not only did he tear it up at every youth level he performed at (despite only turning 17 years old last season), his performances also impressed in the first team, showing his excellent technique and movement, but just lacking the composure in front of goal which isn't exactly a huge shock for a fresh 17 year old making his debut... In terms of United prospects, I'm not sure when was the last time one looked as promising as he does. Hell you have Liverpool fans on here praising him even. He just looks like he has everything RvP had in his prime, and just needs to grow, mature and really develop those already very good skills.

As always with young players though, it's never a guarantee. But for him, the 2 biggest things (that apply to every youngster until they make that step successfully) is if he can stay fit and avoid serious injuries or regular injury problems, and if mentally he can handle the step up. In terms of his combination of natural technical ability, physique, footballing intelligence, I've got no doubts whatsoever that he has it all to become a world class striker. He's far more talented and ready than Rashford looked IMO, maybe even more complete as a striker than Martial look, and even still has a higher ceiling. But as we see with Martial, sometimes they don't have that personal drive to keep pushing on and keep progressing, so you never know.

You’re contradicting yourself a bit. That post makes him sound so good that it’s impossible to fail yet you temper it with ‘it doesn’t always work out’. Trust me, anyone as perfect as that CANNOT fail barring an injury.

If he is really that good I’m a wee bit surprised Barcelona and Madrid aren’t already at our door. Rooney was already a star at Greenwood’s age and he arguably never reached world class. You rate Greenwood better ?
 

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You’re contradicting yourself a bit. That post makes him sound so good that it’s impossible to fail yet you temper it with ‘it doesn’t always work out’. Trust me, anyone as perfect as that CANNOT fail barring an injury.

If he is really that good I’m a wee bit surprised Barcelona and Madrid aren’t already at our door. Rooney was already a star at Greenwood’s age and he arguably never reached world class. You rate Greenwood better ?
Apparently they were at some point i think it was man city and one of the big spanish teams when he was much younger but then he got tied up to united.
 

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You’re contradicting yourself a bit. That post makes him sound so good that it’s impossible to fail yet you temper it with ‘it doesn’t always work out’. Trust me, anyone as perfect as that CANNOT fail barring an injury.

If he is really that good I’m a wee bit surprised Barcelona and Madrid aren’t already at our door. Rooney was already a star at Greenwood’s age and he arguably never reached world class. You rate Greenwood better ?
We don't have any idea who may or may not have tried to sign or tempt him. He's not as good as teenage Rooney as he was an established first team player at that point, but Rooney was also one of the best teenagers the PL has ever seen. Could he end up better at his peak? With his skill set and attributes I wouldn't rule anything out, the sky is the limit.

To be honest the Rooney comparison isn't a great one anyway because he didn't look after himself well enough (known smoker/drinker) and hence his career at the top was shorter than expected and was perhaps a contributing factor to why he never quite fulfilled the promise he showed as a teenager (although he finished as top scorer for England and Man. United so he didn't do too badly) and by all accounts Greenwood's attitude is fantastic.

I'm sure you'll get to see what he's all about in the upcoming weeks during the tour, there's a reason we've been trying to involve him in the first team since January, despite only being 17.
 

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You’re contradicting yourself a bit. That post makes him sound so good that it’s impossible to fail yet you temper it with ‘it doesn’t always work out’. Trust me, anyone as perfect as that CANNOT fail barring an injury.

If he is really that good I’m a wee bit surprised Barcelona and Madrid aren’t already at our door. Rooney was already a star at Greenwood’s age and he arguably never reached world class. You rate Greenwood better ?
Mentality is a huge part of football. It's not always a player lacking talent. Ravel Morrison was according to many more promising than Pogba. Look at the difference in their careers. Failing to make the step up often times isnt due to not being good enough in terms of ability. Greenwood doesn't lack anything from a technical perspective in his game or natural ability to go on and be a top class striker. It's all about the mentality and work ethic IMO.

As for Madrid or Barca... what does that have to do with anything? He's been part of the club since he was like 6 years old. It's not easy to pry players like that away from a club like United. Look at Angel Gomes, there was already talk of Barcelona sniffing because of his contract situation, even though he's not rated quite as highly as Greenwood. We aren't some small club where teams poach our youngsters.

And Rooney was definitely world class. The age at which young players break through has a lot more to do with their physical growth though. Rooney was physically ready to handle the premier league at 16/17. Greenwood is 17, turning 18 next season, and he's already going to have a decently big role, which is still incredible given how young he is.
 

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I'll add Tuanzebe to this list,

Tuanzebe- can be a good PL CB at the very least. hope he can get another year loan somewhere where he will get 30 PL games. he'll be 22 this season as well, seems like the right age to start playing week in week out PL football. a year out there he could return as a full England international and might even replace Lindelof as Maguire's (if we sign him this week of course) partner in a year time. If his development is not trajectory then he will be a good 3rd/4th choice CB to have as I rather have him in the team than Jones and Rojo, and even Bailly if he can't sort out his injuries.

Greenwood- If we sell Lukaku and didn't sign a replacement, that's 2 extra position to fight for upfront, as we will not sign a RW this summer. Mason can play all 3 positions upfront (CF,LW,RW) which is a bonus. I see him as a future CF but someone like RVP played on the wings too when he was younger. this boy got massive potential as his game is not about just scoring goals. you can see his all around game is fantastic for someone his age. I rather we start with him and James on the right wing this season than Mata or Lingard (which unfortunately will happen a lot i believe). future wise I believe he will be top class, and if not this season he should break into the first team next year, granted he can stay away from any serious injuries.

Gomes- technical wise he might be the best of this bunch but you can understand the worry about his size. we could also have a Mata problem here with Gomes too, as he is a number 10 and we did not play with a no.10. I don't see Ole playing him in a midfield 3 as well, and to put him on the wing will only limitize his game, but that's the only position Ole will consider him unfortunately.

Garner- he will stay and play in the u-23s a lot, while training with the first team. a year or two away from a loan move i think, he need one or two if he is going to be a first team player in the future.

Chong- he will be 20 at the end of this year, and I think he alongside Tuanzebe needs a loan move. cannot think of a PL side that will start him unfortunately, so Championship could be the best way to start. Henderson and Tuanzebe did well in the Championship last season and it is not a bad way to work yourself up.
 

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I know Gomes is tiny, but has he got some pace about him?
 

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Gomes - because of his physicality, will have a slower introduction IMO but can become quality player and a starting 11 player for a truly big team that can compete for trophies. Hopefully we keep him long term, ability and technique not the question with him.

Greenwood - Potential world class striker IMO. Van Persie-esque in so many things he does. As always with any young player making the jump, question will always be mentality and fitness, but I'm confident he'll be a starter before the end of the season.

Chong - Don't think he'll stay here long term. Go out on a few loans like Fosu Mensah before settling at a lower/mid table club. More pace than talent.

Garner - haven't seen enough of him, but he hasn't ever particularly stood out when I have, but it's also much more difficult to stand out as a young midfielder like that. It's also a much slower development process with those types. Would say if he does become a United player eventually, he's a few years away from any serious role.
Wasn't RVP a great finisher though? Greenwood doesn't seem nearly as a natural finisher as RVP was.
 

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Wasn't RVP a great finisher though? Greenwood doesn't seem nearly as a natural finisher as RVP was.
Harsh, you are comparing peak RVP with 18 year old Greenwood. Not saying Greenwood would turn out as good, but at 18 RVP has 0 goals in 17 games in Dutch league.
 

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Wasn't RVP a great finisher though? Greenwood doesn't seem nearly as a natural finisher as RVP was.
Harsh, you are comparing peak RVP with 18 year old Greenwood. Not saying Greenwood would turn out as good, but at 18 RVP has 0 goals in 17 games in Dutch league.
RVP also regularly topped "big chances missed" stat in PL.
 

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Greenwood - love the movement, every time someone had the ball with potential of final pass he was going for the pockets (I thing he will be better than Rashford soon).

Gomez - still needs to bulk up cause he seems tiny. However i liked his aggression when it came to pressing and winning the ball back quick. (lot of potential)

Garner - for the lad of his age looked so calm reminds of Carrick a bit (hope he will get chances this season)

Chong- still a mystery to me, looks a bit scared to make a mistake, would love to see him with bit more confidence.

So first three i can see becoming first team players maybe even exceptional players, Chong im not so sure about.
 

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Gomes and Greenwood are sensational talents.

Chong is not good enough.
 

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I'll be disappointed if at least one of them isn't a semi-regular fixture in the team by the end of the season.
 

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Harsh, you are comparing peak RVP with 18 year old Greenwood. Not saying Greenwood would turn out as good, but at 18 RVP has 0 goals in 17 games in Dutch league.
I wasn't the one to mention RVP in a thread about Greenwood. I think at age 18 very few clubs would have thought that RVP would become the player he became. In fact Arsenal were able to snap him on cheap. Call me cynical but kids of that age rarely show what there's in store in the future. Some meah players turned out to be absolute stars at an older age (ex platt or RvN) while many wonder kids turned to become shit (Adu, Welbeck etc)

Id suggest we give the kid a bit of time to actually do something before hyping him. It's good for his ego and for our sanity
 

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Wasn't RVP a great finisher though? Greenwood doesn't seem nearly as a natural finisher as RVP was.
Is this because Greenwood missed a couple of a chances on his debut as a 17 year old? RVP didn't become a great goalscorer til he was like 26 years old. His debut season was as an 18 year old, and in 17 appearances didn't score a goal (but was still a great talent).

Not sure what his record was like for the youth teams, but Greenwood's is incredible, and is about half a year ahead if Van Persie in terms of how early he's making his breakthrough. When you combine the movement Greenwoods already showed in the first team in limited game time with the goalscoring he showed for every youth level he played at, I'd say hes a much more natural striker than Van Persie was in his younger years. RvP basically had current Rashford numbers until he was like 27 and then had a few phenomenal years. I'd be shocked if Greenwood doesn't just become a regular goalscorer from a much younger age.
 

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Gomes & Greenwood - cup games, bench & substitutions.
Garner:loan down the league, or U-23s
Chong: loan down the league

In terms of actual goal threats we have: Lukaku, Pogba, Martial, Rashford, Lingard. In that order. James is an unknown factor at top level. It's not enough. I'm confident that either Gomes or Greenwood - played in place of Lingard/Mata will score at least as many goals. So I'd keep them. Play them in cup games and have them both on my bench for league games.

Chong & Garner - will not play for United next season. Both need to get used to adult football before they have a chance.
Gomes & Greenwood - are such talents that you'd take a risk. In his last 190 minutes, Greenwood already had over 11 good chances. At some stage soon he will click and actually start scoring like he does for U23s. Likewise Gomes is such a talented & clever footballer that I'm tempted to play him ahead of Lingard or Mata.

Don't understand these comparisons with RVP. They are not the same player. Different heads. Difference between Greenwood scoring or missing is keeping his head clear of distractions when he gets a chance. We've already seen him get lots of good chances. About 1 every 15 minutes. First half of the equation solved. Ole needs to instill Greenwood with the right mindset: classic Ole-mindset, then 2nd half of the equation is solved too.
 
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Is this because Greenwood missed a couple of a chances on his debut as a 17 year old? RVP didn't become a great goalscorer til he was like 26 years old. His debut season was as an 18 year old, and in 17 appearances didn't score a goal (but was still a great talent).

Not sure what his record was like for the youth teams, but Greenwood's is incredible, and is about half a year ahead if Van Persie in terms of how early he's making his breakthrough. When you combine the movement Greenwoods already showed in the first team in limited game time with the goalscoring he showed for every youth level he played at, I'd say hes a much more natural striker than Van Persie was in his younger years. RvP basically had current Rashford numbers until he was like 27 and then had a few phenomenal years. I'd be shocked if Greenwood doesn't just become a regular goalscorer from a much younger age.
I doubt many remember an 18 Yr old RVP and those who do I don't think they was Greenwood to be as good as he was back then. What they would want is to see him develop like he did. You see, kids are highly unpredictable. I lost count of the new Maldinis (including our Darmian), the new Ronaldos and the new this or that. Most of whom ended up being meah at best

Very few players are a dead cert at that age and Tbf it's not necessarily a good thing if they do. Early boomers tend to burn their candle on both ends (Best, Owen, Rooney) either because of injury or attitude

If you ask me I think he's more of the new Rashy then the new RVP. However as said kids tend to develop in mysterious ways so God knows how greenwood would develop. What is for sure is that comparing the boy to legends will only fuel his ego which is not a good thing. So I'd say let Greenwood's football do the talking
 

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I doubt many remember an 18 Yr old RVP and those who do I don't think they was Greenwood to be as good as he was back then. What they would want is to see him develop like he did. You see, kids are highly unpredictable. I lost count of the new Maldinis (including our Darmian), the new Ronaldos and the new this or that. Most of whom ended up being meah at best

Very few players are a dead cert at that age and Tbf it's not necessarily a good thing if they do. Early boomers tend to burn their candle on both ends (Best, Owen, Rooney) either because of injury or attitude

If you ask me I think he's more of the new Rashy then the new RVP. However as said kids tend to develop in mysterious ways so God knows how greenwood would develop. What is for sure is that comparing the boy to legends will only fuel his ego which is not a good thing. So I'd say let Greenwood's football do the talking
I'm comparing the 2 on from a stylistic perspective (because there are loads of similarities in their style of play) on a football forum... I think he'll be fine! We'll see though. Just think he's going to be a top player here and will already be breaking through this season. And with regards to comparing the finishing, the natural finishing instinct and composure develops a lot as players age. Greenwood has excellent movement, the composure for the first team will come I have no doubt. I was saying Van Persies stats to show that he wasn't a great goalscorer in any sense until he was like 26/27 years old. Most of the time he was hovering between 10-15 goals a season, so I wouldn't say that he was a "great finisher" until his truly prime years in his late 20s. I'm not saying Greenwood will follow the same career path, but I do think the player he'll turn into will probably be similar on style to RvP was in his best years, as a complete striker.
 
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I wasn't the one to mention RVP in a thread about Greenwood. I think at age 18 very few clubs would have thought that RVP would become the player he became. In fact Arsenal were able to snap him on cheap. Call me cynical but kids of that age rarely show what there's in store in the future. Some meah players turned out to be absolute stars at an older age (ex platt or RvN) while many wonder kids turned to become shit (Adu, Welbeck etc)

Id suggest we give the kid a bit of time to actually do something before hyping him. It's good for his ego and for our sanity
I get what you are saying, but given the current status of our team, we badly need some new quality
 

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I'd like to see Greenwood get some playtime this year, if he can get the odd start and play in cups for us and as a substitute i am sure he will get goals.

I think Gomes has the potential, you can see when he plays he likes to be positive in possession and we need a bit of that.

Garner has looked solid when i have seen him but i think he needs to play more senior games to show what he could offer.

I think Chong has the potential but a loan for him would help his consistency.
 

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Not much. I'm not being negative, but they're still very young and have next to no first team experience. We must let them develop. They will be inconsistent, they will make mistakes, they will have moments of brilliance - we must expect and accept that. Give them room to reach their potential.

As a club recently we've been really bad with that. The senior players have failed terribly, and at times fans have put pressure on younger players who got playing opportunity. Rashford, Martial, get a lot of stick (rightfully so at times), but I think a lot of that should be on Lukaku and Sanchez who are the senior LW and Striker. They should be the ones running the show for us and these two should be working hard to get into the team ahead of them. Instead the senior two flop and these two get a run at first team with little to no pressure. It leads to complacency.
 

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I get what you are saying, but given the current status of our team, we badly need some new quality
If he is good enough then he'll make it. It will be better for him not to be pressured to follow the same footsteps of a legend who single handedly won us our last league title.
 

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I'm comparing the 2 on from a stylistic perspective (because there are loads of similarities in their style of play) on a football forum... I think he'll be fine! We'll see though. Just think he's going to be a top player here and will already be breaking through this season. And with regards to comparing the finishing, the natural finishing instinct and composure develops a lot as players age. Greenwood has excellent movement, the composure for the first team will come I have no doubt. I was saying Van Persies stats to show that he wasn't a great goalscorer in any sense until he was like 26/27 years old. Most of the time he was hovering between 10-15 goals a season, so I wouldn't say that he was a "great finisher" until his truly prime years in his late 20s. I'm not saying Greenwood will follow the same career path, but I do think the player he'll turn into will probably be similar on style to RvP was in his best years, as a complete striker.
In March 2019, former academy coach Mark Senior said: "People says he's like the new Robin van Persie but I don't know. I think he's his own man. I've not seen another player like him. His style means his pace is deceptive because he is absolutely rapid

That's from the ever reliable Wikipedia and I agree with it
 

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I expect very little.

In the last few years, we have developed very few football players into first teamers.
In fact, generally what I've noticed is that players with skill arrive at our club. They do well for a few weeks and then their performances go through the floor. I blame poor coaching (McKenna and Carrick had a disastrous first season, as coaches - it couldn't have gone more wrong than it actually did and things hit rock bottom in our final 2 games of the season).

Rashford was the only youngster with promise, who broke through in the last few years and it could be argued that he hasn't improved as much as we'd have hoped.

The best thing for our youngsters is for them to be sent out on loan, to another club, where they can be coached properly and get regular first team football. I am surprised that we never send any of our youngsters to Ajax - a club who have proven time and time again that they can train youngsters in a way that few other clubs around the World, can.
 
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I would love to see more of Greenwood and Gomes. I really liked Gomes in the deep role he played for the U19's last season but no problem with him starting a bit further forward, he really is a fantastic talent. As for Greenwood; I'm a big fan and I reckon technically at least, he's easily PL material but we need to see how his body and mind cope with the demands of the league. He'll get more games than we think IMO.
Gomes: 15 games
Greenwood: 20 games
Chong: Loan
Garner: Mainly u23's and a couple of senior games.
 

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Can see the season developing like:

Greenwood - Can see him having up to maybe 20 appearances in the first team including League/FA Cup, Europa and a few league games, very good chance of dislodging Lingard on that right hand side IMO.

Gomes - Can see him making quite a few starts in the Europa and again the cup games, interesting to see if he trusts him to play with Pogba or potentially he could be a back up for Pogba, I can see him being ahead of Fred/Pereira come the end of the season.

Garner - This depends on if we sign Longstaff or someone similar, if we go into the season with Matic and potentially McTominay as DMC options then he could get some game time, again in the cups and Europa not to sure on the league maybe the other competitions will be a good source of game time for him to develop.

Chong - Looks the rawest out of all of them, little bit like a headless chicken at times, can see the talent is definitely there but is very wasteful in possession and I can't see him having to much of an impact, similar to last year maybe a few games Europa but I think a loan maybe to a Championship club to rough him up a little and develop him would be great.
 

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You’re contradicting yourself a bit. That post makes him sound so good that it’s impossible to fail yet you temper it with ‘it doesn’t always work out’. Trust me, anyone as perfect as that CANNOT fail barring an injury.

If he is really that good I’m a wee bit surprised Barcelona and Madrid aren’t already at our door. Rooney was already a star at Greenwood’s age and he arguably never reached world class. You rate Greenwood better ?
Come again?
 

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In March 2019, former academy coach Mark Senior said: "People says he's like the new Robin van Persie but I don't know. I think he's his own man. I've not seen another player like him. His style means his pace is deceptive because he is absolutely rapid

That's from the ever reliable Wikipedia and I agree with it
Well its not great for coaches to come out and compare them to legends, much different to me posting it on a forum! But at the same time, that's a coach playing down talk of comparisons to another great player while bigging him up and saying he's his own player and he'll make his own path (while also saying he's never seen a player like him).
 

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I expect nothing from any of them this season.
They are young and learning, whatever they perform is a bonus and should not be part of what is expected performances from the squad.
 

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If Greenwood is given the chances this should be a breakout year for him. He's shown that he has the tools in the couple of first team games he's played so far, and honestly it's not going to be hard to challenge Lingard, Mata, Martial for a place in the team if they don't improve significantly
 

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Greenwood--For me Greenwood is a star in the making, two footed, reminds me alot of a young van persie with his stride and balance. I really think he will be our standout emerging player this year if given the opportunities

Gomes, its basically now or never but he made decent cameo in the first friendly so hopefully he will get an opportunity ahead of some of the dead wood. He has ability and needs games to see how he performs. Jury is out.

Garner-- Talented lad and one who along with Levitt will emerge and hopefully be a big player for us over the years, however at present i still think he needs more time to develop in the younger teams,as do the club if they are pursuing longstaff.

Chong- has showed flashes of brilliance in the youth teams but i think he is still very raw and i would argue he is not ready and needs another season in u23's to develop physically and to help his decision making.This one could go either way.
 

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Chong needs a loan I think. He needs a long string of games to iron out his inconsistency. Don’t think we can offer that. The other guys look like they could offer more. Not seen enough of Garner to have an opinion on him.
Agreed, only confident about Greenwood atm. But Garner's goal against Perth was a good start though..