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first_imgGetty Images)Despite being born in London, Gomes joined the United academy at the age of just six and has risen through the various age groups up into the first-team in subsequent years.Gomes has been no stranger to setting new records, becoming the youngest player ever to score a hat-trick for the club’s youth team aged 15 years, 11 months and 29 days, as well as being the first player born in the 21st century to play for the first-team when he made his debut against Crsytal Palace in May 2017.AdvertisementAdvertisementThat appearance on the final day of the 2016-17 season, also meant that Gomes became United’s youngest first-team debutant since Duncan Edwards in 1953. Gomes has since represented United twice more, in last season’s FA Cup tie against Yeovil Town and for Solskjaer against Huddersfield in December.At international level, Gomes was involved in England’s U17 World Cup winning squad in 2017, scoring twice in the competition and coming on as a 90th-minute substitute during the 5-2 victory over Spain in the final. Tahith Chong is one of three teenagers in Manchester United’s squad for the game against Crystal Palace (Getty Images)From the ‘Busby Babes’ to the ‘Class of 92’ to ‘Solskjaer’s starlets’, perhaps?Manchester United’s proud history of integrating graduates from their esteemed academy has continued under their interim manager with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer leaning heavily on Marcus Rashford, Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard, amongst others, during his time in charge.Much has been made of the fact that United have named at least one of their academy players in every senior matchday squad since 1938 and quite rightly, it is a statistic that supporters have clung onto during the increasingly global phenomenon that is Premier League football.It is unlikely that it will stop anytime soon either, considering Solskjaer is currently negotiating a crippling injury list which has resulted in him dipping into Ricky Sbragia’s U23 squad to select his three most promising youngsters for Wednesday’s trip to Crystal Palace.ADVERTISEMENT Angel Gomes Kieran McKenna on Angel Gomes ‘Angel is clever and I think with him, first of all, he’s got a really fantastic attitude towards the game. He loves his football and is bright and curious. He’s interested in every training session and you can see that on the pitch.‘He’s always bright, always looking for his team-mates and always looking at the opposition too, trying to find a way to exploit any weaknesses they have got. He has a fantastic football brain really and a good attitude to go with it.’ Kieran McKenna on Tahith Chong’s promise ‘Tahith has hit the ground running in his time here and I think he’s just a fantastic professional. He has the right attitude to training and looks after himself really well off the pitch.‘He’s really personable and good with the staff and players, which has helped him to settle in quickly. On the pitch, everyone has been excited by his performances; he’s an eye-catching player.‘We’ll just keep pushing him to add to that with an end product so he can add goals and assists, as he has been doing, and can have a bright future in the game.’ Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on James Garner ‘James Garner is a Michael Carrick but 20 years younger, I’m sure he’ll do well.’ Ole Gunnar Solskjaer revealed the teenage trio would be involved against Crystal Palace (Getty Images)Included in Solskjaer’s travelling party down to London will be 19-year-old winger Tahith Chong, 18-year-old Angel Gomes and 17-year-old James Garner, all of whom will be hoping to make an impact in the absence of seasoned professionals like Nemanja Matic, Anthony Martial and Lingard.AdvertisementAdvertisementSpeaking about the trio pre-match, Solskjaer said: ‘They’ve been part of our training for a long time now and I’m sure Angel has been successful with England’s under-17s, the 2017 team with [Jadon] Sancho, [Phil] Foden and [Callum] Hudson-Odoi, so he’s been a big part of that. I’m definitely sure that if he gets a chance he’ll do well.‘James Garner is a Michael Carrick but 20 years younger, I’m sure he’ll do well and Chongy will be taking people on if he comes on. They’re ready, they’re kids.‘It’s hard if you’re a defender coming on if you’re 16 or 17 but as an attacker, you go out there and express yourself, and there’s your chance. They can win you the game, not lose it for you.’So without further ado, who are United’s latest crop of promising young players?Tahith Chong Advertisement Oliver Young-MylesWednesday 27 Feb 2019 7:01 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link18Sharescenter_img Comment More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors James Garner Getty Images)The least well-known of the three having not appeared for the first-team yet, James ‘Jimmy’ Garner does appear to have plenty of admirers at Manchester United regardless with Solskjaer comparing him to his assistant manager Michael Carrick ahead of the Palace game.While Chong and Gomes are attack-minded players, Garner has developed at the opposite end of the pitch, playing in central defence and midfield for United’s youth team as well as for England at various age groups.Following an exceptional 2017-18 season, Garner was named the captain of England’s U17 squad for the European Championships last summer, leading the team to the semi-finals where they were defeated on penalties by the Netherlands.Like Chong, Garner was also selected to go on United’s pre-season tour under Mourinho and has been named on the bench for United’s Champions League game against Valencia and their FA Cup tie with Reading. Who are the three Manchester United youngsters who could feature against Crystal Palace? Tahith Chong featured for Manchester United in the FA Cup tie against Reading in January (Getty Images)Born in the Dutch Caribbean island of Curacao, Chong started his career in the Netherlands, joining Feyenoord’s academy at the age of ten and developing his skills there for six years prior to moving to Manchester in 2016. Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City were all credited with an interest in Chong before he signed for United.After making a seamless transition from the U18 to U23 team last season, Chong was included in United’s squad for their pre-season tour of America last summer and was handed a place on the substitutes bench by Jose Mourinho for October’s Champions League game against Juventus.Solskjaer did likewise in one of his first matches in charge against Newcastle before handing him a professional debut a few days later as a substitute against Reading in the FA Cup at the start of January.The Dutch youth international has predominantly played as a right winger for United’s youth teams and he is renowned for his speed, close control and propensity to cut inside onto his favoured left-foot. He’s also easy to spot, courtesy of his Marouane Fellaini-esque flowing curly locks. 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first_imgAt the heart of it, however, will be deciding whether what Young did — to which he admitted — is enough to keep him out for the season.  That impact will be felt at all these levels.This article has been updated with the reported nature of the loan Young received. Ohio State defensive end Chase Young was suspended Friday and will miss Saturday’s game against Maryland.  Young is being investigated by the school for a potential violation in 2018. He posted on Twitter that he accepted a loan from a family friend and repaid that loan in full. That puts his status in jeopardy for the rest of the season.   The length of Young’s suspension will have an impact on the Big Ten championship race, the College Football Playoff race, the Heisman trophy award and how the NCAA will handle cases like this in a new-world order. Here’s what it could mean for each.’FREE CHASE YOUNG’Criticism of the NCAA trends after Ohio State star’s suspensionOhio State can win Big Ten without Chase YoungOhio State can still win the Big Ten championship without Young. Just look at last year. Standout defensive end Nick Bosa, who was earning fringe Heisman praise at the time, suffered a season-ending groin injury. The Buckeyes lost the following game at Purdue 49-20 but still managed to win the Big Ten championship in Urban Meyer’s final season.This Ohio State seems better equipped to absorb that loss, at least in the short term. The Buckeyes play Maryland and Rutgers the next two weeks, and those should be easy victories. Keep in mind the Buckeyes allowed 404 yards per game in 2018. This year’s team allows 224.8 yards per game.  Young’s absence would be especially noticeable in looming high-profile showdowns against No. 5 Penn State and No. 14 Michigan. The Buckeyes should still be favored in those games, however, and on pace for another trip to Indianapolis.  We still think they will win the Big Ten, but this does put the pressure on Ohio State to go 13-0. If you don’t believe that, just look back at last season.  Will Chase Young’s absence impact Ohio State’s CFP hopes?Why do we think Ohio State — which is No. 1 in the current CFP rankings — needs to win out? Rewind to last year. The Buckeyes lost to Purdue, and that egregious loss kept Ohio State out of the Playoff despite a Big Ten championship.  Now imagine that team with Bosa back on the field. Perhaps they would have been given the benefit of the doubt over Oklahoma, which took the final spot in the Playoff. Perhaps that gives Ohio State the final spot.  Follow that thinking into next year. With Young, who has 13.5 sacks and is considered the best defensive player in the country, Ohio State is a national championship contender. Without him, well, the committee might take a different view of the Buckeyes compared to LSU, Alabama and Clemson.  For example, what would happen if Ohio State loses to Michigan and wins the Big Ten championship? Or if it wins out in the regular season and loses the Big Ten championship? Those scenarios are more uncomfortable for Ohio State if Young is not back on the field. MORE: Ohio State, LSU, Alabama all have reasons to be happy with first CFP rankingHow Chase Young’s suspension will impact Heisman votingFair or unfair, Young’s Heisman campaign is probably over. At minimum, it’s going to be a mammoth challenge to overcome knowing Michigan’s Charles Woodson (1997) is the only defensive player ever to win the Heisman.  That’s not the only challenge. Florida State’s Charlie Ward (1993) is the last Heisman winner to miss a game during the regular season and still win the award. Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa missed a game this season, but he has the dual benefit of being a quarterback and having a chance to erase that in the “Game of the Century” against LSU on Saturday.  Other Heisman contenders have been suspended during the season, including Georgia’s Todd Gurley (2014), but it’s happened to defensive players, too, but it did not happen during the regular season.  LSU’s Tyrann Mathieu was dismissed from the school in 2012; a year after finishing fifth in the Heisman voting. Brian Bosworth finished fourth in the Heisman voting in 1986, but he was suspended from the Orange Bowl for a failed drug test and did not come back for his senior season.  Auburn’s Cam Newton is the exception. He was briefly suspended in 2010 before winning the Heisman Trophy, but his performance in the comeback victory against Alabama in the Iron Bowl outweighed the suspension.  Young could theoretically come back and dominate against Penn State, Michigan and in the Big Ten championship game, but it might not be enough to overcome Heisman voters who will not be able to turn away from the suspension.MORE: Clemson should thank Playoff committee for so-called snub in initial rankingsWhat will the NCAA decide?The NCAA’s decision on Young will be the next step, and that’s going to be polarizing either way.  Young tweeted that he accepted a loan from a family friend and paid it in full, and his lawyer tweeted that “unfair and outdated (NCAA) rules punish athletes for making ends meet while enriching everyone else.” The #FreeChase hashtag has started. (The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman reported late Friday that Young borrowed the money to fly his girlfriend to California in late December for the Buckeyes’ Rose Bowl game.)Perhaps a one-game suspension is enough, but that decision won’t make everyone happy. If Young isn’t held out, then detractors will say the NCAA is toothless and powerhouse schools such as Ohio State get preferential treatment in cases like this.  If Young is suspended, then this case will get entangled with the player likeness debate — which the NCAA has shown progress on — and will lead to larger discussions about the pay-to-play debate and how schools can protect student-athletes from agent types who provide improper benefits.  last_img read more

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