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Manchester United v Chelsea: Five Under 21 players to look out for

Five promising players players to look out for from the Under 21 final between the two premier sides in age-group football.

James Wilson (Manchester United)

The standout player among United’s youngsters, the Staffordshire-born striker, 18, was awarded his first team debut by Ryan Giggs in last week’s 3-1 victory against Hull City. Wilson had a dream debut, scoring twice. Quick and two-footed, hopes are high that he’ll follow Januzaj into the first team.

Tom Lawrence (United)

Like Wilson, Lawrence, 20, was awarded a first-team debut against Hull. A childhood United fan, the Wrexham-born winger performed well in the first half and looked confident on the left-hand side. He’s been on loan at League 1 Carlisle United Championship side and Yeovil Town.

Saidy Janko (United)

United’s reserve player of the year, 18, the Swiss-born player with a Gambian father and Swiss/Italian mother arrived from FC Zurich in a £700,000 (Dh4.3m) deal a year ago after United’s scouts spotted him at the Fifa Blue Stars Tournament. The right-back made 16 appearances for United’s under-21s this season and also played in the Under 19 UEFA Youth Leagu se.

Jamal Blackman (Chelsea)

The hero as Chelsea beat City 5-4 on penalties at the Etihad Stadium to reach the final, he was man of the match. An ever-present in Chelsea’s FA Youth Cup-winning campaign of 2011/12, Blackman, 20, is an England youth international who has trained with Chelsea’s first team.

Islam Feruz (Chelsea)

The 18-year-old striker from Celtic in 2011. His family arrived in Glasgow, via London, after living in Yemen and Tanzania. The joint-top goalscorer in the NextGen Series in 2013, he was also a winner in the 2012 FA Youth Cup.


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