Manchester-born Tom Thorpe has been a mainstay of the Reserves squad and is captain and natural leader of Warren Joyce's youngsters.
The 21-year-old was unlucky to miss out on the Reserves' Player of the Year award in 2013 after a supreme season at the heart of the defence and followed it up by skippering the team to another final appearance in the nationwide competition.
Revelling in his natural role at centre-back after a worthwhile stint in midfield helped hone his skills, he led by example with a string of resolute performances. One of the main reasons for a run of clean sheets, he was accomplished on the ground and dominant in the air.
Lifting the Barclays Under-21 Premier League trophy after the win against Tottenham was not his first experience of picking up silverware at Old Trafford as he was also captain of the FA Youth Cup team in 2011, a side that included big personalities and gifted peers.
Although needing to be patient as he was not initially handed a regular spot in the Reserves, at least he was able to prove his versatility by adapting to a holding midfield role. Aside from his