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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_imgIn a bid to improve transparency and accountability in Ghana football, audited accounts of the Ghana Football Association will be published in the dailies.The yearly audits will be conducted by independent and external auditors appointed by the Congress.“The auditors shall be appointed for a period of three years and be internationally recognised entities. This mandate may be renewed.“The audited accounts will be published in the national dailies in compliance with the Company Act of Ghana.”The new statutes were approved at Thursday’s Extraordinary Congress with an almost unanimous endorsement from the delegates..Other amendments approved at the Congress were the limiting of the tenure of the GFA President to two terms of four years each and the reduction of the members of the Congress to 120.Erasing the doubtsThe use of the GFA’s funds has been a major issue, particularly for football fans who believe the football management body’s finances have not been used judiciously enough.Prior to the investigative piece by Anas Aremeyaw Anas, several claims of corruption had been made against the Association and then-President Kwesi Nyantakyi.These allegations had been rebuffed constantly by the GFA but public perception remains largely negative.The GFA will hope that this new measure will erase any lingering doubts about the integrity of the Association.New statutesIn July, FIFA approved the recommendations made to the statutes of the GFA.Dr. Kofi Amoah had said earlier in an interview with GTV Sports that FIFA had assessed the recommendations for the statutes and what that would mean for the start of football in Ghana once again.last_img read more

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