By Andy Hyslop
- Marcus Rashford and Callum Gribbin both on target for United’s under-19s in midweek
- Rashford – Manchester born, 17-year old striker
- Gribbin – Salford born, 16 year-old midfielder
Manchester United youth coach and under-19s manager Nicky Butt has identified Marcus Rashford and Callum Gribbin as two potential stars of the future. Both impressed Butt in United’s 3-0 win over PSV Eindhoven in the UEFA Youth League on Tuesday.
Nicky Butt is a man who knows what it takes to come through the youth ranks at Old Trafford. Having done so himself, with his fellow graduates from the famous class of 92. Both Rashford and Gribbin found the back of the net in the win over PSV. Gribbin opening the scoring from a free-kick, while Rashford stole the show; bagging himself two goals.
Both continued their good form at the start of season. Both getting on the score-sheet once again this morning as United under-18s beat Wolves 3-0. Rashford opening the scoring, meaning he has scored in his last three under-18 appearances and his goals for the under-19s in Europe making in four games in row finding the back of the net for the young striker.
Gribbin doubled the lead for United, scoring with a long-range free-kick. Gribbin is showing himself to be a free-kick expert, having also scored from a set-piece against PSV. Gribbin signed a four-year contract at Old Trafford, seeing off any interest Liverpool had in taking the youngster away from United.
Both players are top of the under-18s goalscoring charts with three goals apiece. They will both be looking to continue their progression this. Playing for both the under-18s in the domestic competitions, whilst also representing the under-19s against PSV, Wolfsburg and CSKA Moscow in the UEFA Youth League and hopefully help United progress in that competition.
Who knows they may even get some games playing for United under-21s. Both have already had some experience of being around the under-21 squad and will be looking to push their way into Warren Joyce thinking.