Gore becomes latest Academy debutant
Manchester United are closing in on 250 debutants from the youth team after Daniel Gore came off the bench against Crystal Palace to make his senior bow.
The midfielder, part of the FA Youth Cup-winning side in 2021, replaced Sofyan Amrabat on the hour mark of the 3-0 victory in the Carabao Cup third round.
It was a special moment on the 19-year-old's birthday, who was named our Denzil Haroun Reserve-Team Player of the Year last term.
After showcasing his ability in pre-season, including a fine display in Edinburgh against Lyon, when he supplied the assist for Donny van de Beek's winner, this was a first competitive outing for Gore.
The teenager has been an unused substitute but took his opportunity to impress, making some telling contributions in the middle of the park and enjoying being out there with FA Youth Cup team-mate Alejandro Garnacho, who had opened the scoring.
Certainly not fazed by the occasion, Gore linked up with the outstanding Casemiro and looked the part as the Reds secured a comfortable passage into the fourth round of the competition.
Head of Academy Nick Cox posted on X to say: "Congratulations, Dan. Debutant number 247 takes his first steps in to the professional game. Well done to family, friends and staff that have supported him on his journey so far!"
Gore is the third Academy debutant under Erik ten Hag, who has vowed, going forward, to only play youngsters when they thoroughly deserve their chance through sustained hard work.
"I think it's a great birthday," the boss told MUTV. "But I've said it, I'm not a manager, nor have coaches, who gift players opportunities. They have to deserve it. Once they deserve it, they get the opportunity.
"But they have to prove it. I think Dan Gore did but also young players, such as Hannibal, [Facundo] Pellistri, Garnacho. They have to do it every time again.
"We are very critical. They have to deserve it every day in training. When the standards are too low, they will hear from us and we don't play them. They have to train every day to their maximum."
Charlie McNeill was a substitute against Real Sociedad in the Europa League last season and Kobbie Mainoo, currently bidding to return from injury, made three appearances in 2022/23.