impressive grounding he enjoyed at Gresty Road, where director of football Dario Gradi has long overseen a fruitful youth policy that aims to groom youngsters for the top. But it is also a testament to the work undertaken by United's coaches that the aforementioned trio can perform to a similar standard as a player reportedly recruited for several million pounds.
The upshot is that the 18-year-old looked perfectly at home in a United shirt and can expect to push on from here. The fact that he was taken to Oslo with Mike Phelan's squad for Valerenga friendly, getting more minutes under his belt towards the end of the goalless draw, proves he remains in Sir Alex's first-team thoughts.
Whether he is consistently around the senior squad or bedding in at Under-21 level, it's important to realise that time is very much on his side. Every day training at United will be beneficial and there need not be any rush to make an immediate impression at Barclays Premier League level. The early signs are positive but the Reds are likely to reap the benefits in the long term from his signing as he continues to adapt to representing one of the biggest clubs on the planet.
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