Highly-rated teenager Tahith Chong could be in line for his Manchester United debut on Saturday after being named on the bench for the FA Cup visit of Reading.
The 18-year-old winger has made United’s matchday squad already this season, but was an unused substitute for the Champions League home defeat by Juventus in October.
But with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer continuing to show in his faith in United’s youngsters, having also named James Garner in his squad, Chong may well get some time to impress out in the middle this time.
Chong caught the eye during the club’s pre-season tour of the United States, where the Curacao-born winger was given 94 minutes to impress the first team coaching staff.
And he did not disappoint during run-outs against Liverpool, Club America and San Jose Earthquakes.
After United returned to Europe to complete their pre-season schedule, former boss Jose Mourinho decided to keep Chong in his ranks and the flying winger came off the bench to face Bayern Munich.
Chong, who was born six months after the Red Devils won the treble in 1999, has an admirer in first-team coach Kieran McKenna.
He knows all about Chong having worked alongside the hot prospect during his time as United’s Under-18s manager.
McKenna said of Chong back in 2016 after United’s Under-18s were beaten 2-1 by Southampton: ‘Tahith is a really good talent and a really good lad.
‘We knew that he would be a big asset off the bench. The early stages of the game played out like we thought, a little bit cagey and not a lot of space.
‘But we knew that once it opened up he would be really effective one to come on and he’s scored a really good goal.
‘I’m sure than when the disappointment of the game goes away, he will enjoy that moment.
‘Hopefully he’ll score some more goals on this ground in the years to come.’
Chong was named United’s Jimmy Murphy Young Player of the Year in May.