Scott McTominay (17, midfielder): Technically-adept Lancastrian who may not be the biggest but is capable of hurting teams with his passing ability. Has come off the bench twice in the Barclays Under-18 Premier League.
Demetri Mitchell (16, midfielder): Exciting winger who has illuminated several England Schoolboys internationals with his slaloming runs. Has real acceleration and is capable of unlocking even the tightest of defences. Has two goals to his name from six starts in the Academy league, including a fine volley at Leicester.
Andreas Pereira (17, midfielder): Captained the club to Milk Cup success and started every UEFA Youth League match in a creative role. A dead-ball expert, he converted a penalty in the Under-18 win against Everton, only his second appearance of the season at that level. A Belgium youth international with ambitions to represent Brazil.
Devonte Redmond (17, midfielder): A smooth runner with the ball who scored a late winner against Sunderland, his second strike of the campaign. An effective team player when stationed out wide, he undertakes his defensive duties in addition to providing an attacking outlet.
Joe Riley (17, midfielder): Capable of playing right-back, as he did at Liverpool, the midfielder is a neat passer of the ball and comfortable in possession. The outing on Merseyside was only his third start but he has come off the bench five times and sparkled during the Milk Cup in the summer.
Jordan Thompson (16, midfielder): A Northern Ireland Schoolboys international who is left-sided and can slot into full-back. Nonetheless, he showed his prowess at the other end of the pitch with a splendid volley during the recent friendly in Slovenia against MFK Ruzomberok.