Tuesday 21 November 2017

Jose's giants: A look at Manchester United's last-day youngsters

Manchester United's Josh Harrop enjoyed a dream day against Palace
Manchester United's Josh Harrop enjoyed a dream day against Palace

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho handed a number of inexperienced youngsters a run-out in the Premier League clash with Crystal Palace on Sunday as he gave various members of his injury-hit squad rest ahead of Wednesday's Europa League final against Ajax.

Here, Press Association Sport looks at how each of the fledglings fared at Old Trafford as United beat Palace 2-0.

JOEL PEREIRA (goalkeeper, age 20)

Backgound: Returned from a loan spell in Portugal with Belenenses to make his senior United debut in January, coming on as a late substitute in the FA Cup win against Wigan.

Performance: Did not have too much to deal with but coped well when things did come his way, with his diving save to claim a second-half Luka Milivojevic free-kick being a particularly notable example.

DEMETRI MITCHELL (winger/full-back, age 20)

Background: An attack-minded player who has been deployed as a left-back or wing-back for the reserves this term and was an unused substitute in recent Premier League games at Tottenham and Southampton.

Performance: Produced eye-catching moments both in attack and defence. A very commendable showing.

SCOTT McTOMINAY (midfielder/forward, age 20)

Background: McTominay, 6ft 4in tall and capable of playing in midfield or up front, made his Premier League debut as a substitute at Arsenal earlier this month.

Performance: Looked composed in the middle of the park virtually throughout.

JOSH HARROP (midfielder, age 21)

Background: The skilful midfielder went into this game having scored a hat-trick for the reserves against Tottenham at Old Trafford on Monday as Mourinho watched from the stands.

Performance: The star of the show, with his wonderful early strike the highlight of an impressive display, full of confidence.

ANGEL GOMES (midfielder, age 16)

Background: Gomes, who has skippered England at under-16 and under-17 level, went into this game having just become the youngest-ever recipient of United's youth team player of the year award.

Performance: Got on for the last couple of minutes, replacing Wayne Rooney, having little opportunity to make a mark but making history as the first player born in the 2000s to play in the Premier League.

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