Manchester United news: Tahith Chong explains why he rejected loan offers in summer transfer window

6 Sep

Manchester United starlet Tahith Chong rejected two loan offers in the summer after a conversation with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The United boss gave the midfielder his first-team debut in a 2-0 FA Cup win over Reading in January.

Tahith Chong will be hoping to get more first-team chances under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this season
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Chong, who made four senior appearances in total last season, had the chance to go on loan to former club Feyenoord and PSV for the 2019/20 campaign.

But explaining why he opted to stay at Old Trafford, Chong told Dutch outlet Voetbal Primeur: “Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says, ‘keep working hard, your chances will come’.

“That’s nice to hear. There are a few players away from Manchester United and I’m climbing the pecking order now.

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“It’s always nice to come back to the Netherlands, but in the end I have to do what I find best for myself. That’s why I decided to stay.”

Chong left Feyenoord to join the Red Devils in 2016.

And the Netherlands Under-21 international has confirmed he is in talks with the club over a new contract.

He added: “Of course we are talking, but it is still too early to say anything about it.

“The season is still long and we will see what happens. There are a lot of competitions coming up and I will focus on that.”

Chong is yet to make a senior appearance for United this season, and was an unused substitute in their 1-1 draw with Southampton last weekend.

Manchester United FIFA 20 ratings predicted

3 Sep

FIFA 20 is almost upon upon us and gamers across the globe are itching to get their hands on a copy.

With a release date of September 27, 2019, you can be sure it won’t be long before we’re kissing goodbye to our families and friends for a few months.

Ahead of the launch, as is customary, many people are desperate to know just what the new ratings will be this season.

A countdown is soon to tell us the Top 100 stars on FIFA 20 but how will Manchester United player fare after a tumultuous 2018/19 season at Old Trafford.

Here at talkSPORT.com we took a look at FIFA 19 and have decided on our predicted ratings for this season’s game and you can see them below.

1. David de Gea

FIFA 19 rating – 91

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 89

2. Victor Lindelöf

FIFA 19 rating – 79

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 82

Lindelof will be key for the Red Devils this season
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3. Eric Bailly

FIFA 19 rating – 82

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 80

4. Phil Jones

FIFA 19 rating – 80

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 78

5. Harry Maguire

FIFA 19 rating – 82

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 84

Maguire has had a decent start to his United career
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6. Paul Pogba

FIFA 19 rating – 88

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 88

7. Alexis Sánchez (on loan at Inter Milan)

FIFA 19 rating – 87

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 84

8. Juan Mata

FIFA 19 rating – 83

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 81

9. Anthony Martial

FIFA 19 rating – 84

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 85

Anthony Martial celebrates opening the scoring for Manchester United against Wolves
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10. Marcus Rashford

FIFA 19 rating – 82

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 83

12. Chris Smalling (on loan at Roma)

FIFA 19 rating – 81

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 80

13. Lee Grant

FIFA 19 rating – 74

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 73

14. Jesse Lingard

FIFA 19 rating – 82

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 82

Jesse Lingard has come under fire for his form
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15. Andreas Pereira

FIFA 19 rating – 78

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 80

16. Marcos Rojo

FIFA 19 rating – 80

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 79

17. Fred

FIFA 19 rating – 82

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 81

18. Ashley Young

FIFA 19 rating – 80

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 80

Ashley Young in action for Manchester United
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20. Diogo Dalot

FIFA 19 rating – 72

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 76

21. Daniel James

FIFA 19 rating – 59

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 72

Daniel James celebrates his goal against Cardiff
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22. Sergio Romero

FIFA 19 rating – 80

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 79

23. Luke Shaw

FIFA 19 rating – 78

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 81

24. Timothy Fosu-Mensah

FIFA 19 rating – 74

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 74

26. Mason Greenwood

FIFA 19 rating – 66

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 70

Teenage sensation Mason Greenwood could be called upon by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this season
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28. Angel Gomes

FIFA 19 rating – 66

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 68

29. Aaron Wan-Bissaka

FIFA 19 rating – 76

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 80

Wan-Bissaka is likely to be an England international very soon
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31. Nemanja Matić

FIFA 19 rating – 86

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 84

37. James Garner

FIFA 19 rating – 63

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 68

38. Axel Tuanzebe

FIFA 19 rating – 73

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 76

39. Scott McTominay

FIFA 19 rating – 71

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 78

Scott McTominay has looked good for Manchester United this season
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40. Joel Castro Pereira (on loan at Hearts)

FIFA 19 rating – 71

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 74

44. Tahith Chong

FIFA 19 rating – 65

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 70


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Fantasy Premier League prices: Cheapest players revealed – bargains for your squad?

27 Jun

Fantasy Premier League 2019/20 is here and, my word, we’re excited.

FPL Managers around the world are already priming their squad for the new season which is just over a month away.

It’s easy picking out the men likely to get you the most points as they’re usually the stars who are the most expensive.

But you may also need the odd cheap player in your ranks so you can keep to the £100million budget and, depending on your tactic, you might need three.

So who are the cheapest players in every position this season? Find out below.

 

Goalkeepers

David Button (Brighton) – £4m

Maarten Stekelenburg (Everton) – £4m

Freddie Woodman (Newcastle United) – £4m

Michael McGovern (Norwich) – £4m

Will Norris (Wolves) – £4m

Defenders

Sergio Rico (Bournemouth) – £4m

Jack Simpson (Bournemouth) – £4m

Ben Gibson (Burnley) – £4m

Martin Kelly (Crystal Palace) – £4m

Grant Hanley (Norwich City) – £4m

Canaries captain Grant Hanley lifts the championship trophy after their Sky Bet Championship title win
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Richard Stearman (Sheffield United) – £4m

John Lundstram (Sheffield United) – £4m

Marc Navarro (Watford) – £4m

Sebastian Prodl (Watford) – £4m

Winston Reid (West Ham United) – £4m

Winston Reid has had bad luck with injuries in recent seasons
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Ben Johnson (West Ham United) – £4m

Max Kilman (Wolves) – £4m

Midfielders

Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal) – £4.5m

Matteo Guendouzi (Arsenal) – £4.5m

Guendouzi has impressed at Arsenal
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Bikir Bjarnason (Aston Villa) – £4.5m

Keinan Davis (Aston Villa) – £4.5m

Henri Lansbury (Aston Villa) – £4.5m

Beram Kayal (Brighton) – £4.5m

Dale Stephens (Brighton) – £4.5m

Danny Drinkwater (Chelsea) – £4.5m

Ethan Ampadu (Chelsea) – £4.5m

Ampadu is a star in the making and will either go out on loan this season or become a first-team regular
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James McCarthy (Everton) – £4.5m

Morgan Schneiderlin (Everton) – £4.5m

Matty James (Leicester City) – £4.5m

Daniel Amartey (Leicester City) – £4.5m

Nampalys Mendy (Leicester City) – £4.5m

Hamza Choudhury (Leicester City) – £4.5m

Rafa Camacho (Liverpool) – £4.5m

Tahith Chong (Manchester United) – £4.5m

Chong alongside team-mate Marcus Rashford.
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James Garner (Manchester United) – £4.5m

Isaac Hayden (Newcastle) – £4.5m

Todd Cantwell (Norwich) – £4.5m

Mortiz Leitner (Norwich) – £4.5m

Alexander Tettey (Norwich) – £4.5m

Tyreke Johnson (Southampton) – £4.5m

Callum Slattery (Southampton) – £4.5m

Oriol Romeu (Southampton) – £4.5m

Luke Amos (Tottenham Hotspur) – £4.5m

Oliver Skipp (Tottenham Hotspur) – £4.5m

Oliver Skipp ended up being in 21 matchday squads for Spurs last season
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Nathaniel Chalobah (Watford) – £4.5m

Domingos Quina (Watford) – £4.5m

Carlos Sanchez (Watford) – £4.5m

Grady Diangana (West Ham United) – £4.5m

Pedro Obiang (West Ham United) – £4.5m

Leandro Dendoncker (Wolves) – £4.5m

Dendoncker has done well with Wolves since joining from Anderlecht
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Forwards

Eddie Nketiah (Arsenal) – £4.5m

Sam Surridge (Bournemouth) – £4.5m

Connor Wickham (Crystal Palace) – £4.5m

Mason Greenwood (Manchester United) – £4.5m

Greenwood started in United’s match against Cardiff on the final day of the season
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Sam Gallagher (Southampton) – £4.5m

Vincent Janssen (Tottenham Hotspur) – £4.5m

Xande Silva (West Ham United) – £4.5m

Manchester United team news: Predicted Red Devils line-up for last Premier League game of season against Cardiff City

11 May

Manchester United’s season has not panned out how they would have hoped and will end outside the top four.

The club have gone backwards from finishing second to their rivals Manchester City last season.

New manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is still finding his feet and there is set to be a substantial overhaul of the squad in the summer.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will have decisions to make about the United line-up

Among those out of contract are Antonio Valencia, Juan Mata and Ander Herrera while there are doubts about the future of a number of big names stars including Paul Pogba, David De Gea and Anthony Martial.

Solskjaer will have a big decision to make about who he selects for the match at Old Trafford.

Finishing fifth could be important for United as it would ensure a place in the Europa League group stage proper.

Sixth would still see them in the competition but the result of the FA Cup final would dictate if they are in the group stage or second qualifying round.

We’ve taken a look at how Manchester United could line-up for the Cardiff match.

How Manchester United could line-up against Cardiff

Six youngsters were promoted to first team training ahead of the match with Tahith Chong, Angel Gomes, Dylan Levitt, Arnau Puigmal, Mason Greenwood and James Garner all included.

Chong is the likeliest to start as he has seen some minutes already this season.

Tahith Chong could be handed a start against Cardiff

One player who will be getting some minutes is Antonio Valencia, who is leaving the club in the summer after a decade at the club.

“I spoke to Antonio yesterday,” Solskjaer said. “He’s not been fit the five or six months I’ve been here unfortunately.

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“He’s really struggled but he feels that he could play a part and I would hope that he gets through today and tomorrow and we could give him a nice send off, because he’s been a fantastic servant to the club.

”He’s been Player of the Year, he’s been captain at the club and I think that’s only fair.”

Manchester United team news: How Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side could look against Cardiff City with academy stars included

11 May

Manchester United are set for an extensive overhaul in the summer following a disappointing season on the pitch.

The highest they can finish is fifth, which means they will be playing in the Europa League next season.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is set to make big changes at Old Trafford in the summer
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Jose Mourinho was sacked in December and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was subsequently appointed as manager after his impressive caretaker spell.

He is likely to be given money to spend in the summer and several players will no doubt be heading for the exit.

Speculation has already grown about who might be leaving Old Trafford following Sunday’s final match of the Premier League season.

Ander Herrera looks set to leave Manchester United in the summer
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Juan Mata and Ander Herrera are both out of contract and look set to leave on a free transfer.

Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba are rumoured to be heading for the exit with uncertainty also over the future of goalkeeper David De Gea.

While a number of players will no doubt be bought in big money transfers, the club do have some promising youngsters who could be come to the fore.

Six academy players were promoted to first-team training ahead of the final match against already relegated Cardiff and some are now set to start.

Angel Gomes, Tahith Chong, James Garner and Dylan Levitt join Man United’s first team training
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These players were; Angel Gomes, Dylan Levitt, Arnau Puigmal, Mason Greenwood, James Garner and Tahith Chong.

And rather than giving some players a send off, manager Solskjaer is considering using the match to blood some of the wonderkids coming through their system

Here is how the team could look with some of their academy stars in the team alongside some established players.

Goalkeeper

There has been speculation that David De Gea will leave in the summer with some of his recent performances coming into question but he’s still likely to start, although Lee Grant could get some minutes thanks to his service at Old Trafford over the last year.

David de Gea’s Manchester United future is uncertain
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Defence

At right-back, Antonio Valencia is leaving the club and, if fit, should play one last time after 10 years at the club.

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Elsewhere, Luke Shaw picked up the club’s Players’ Player of the Year award and should start again, while Victor Lindelof and Chris Smalling are likely to get the nod too.

Axel Tuanzebe is set for a big future at Old Trafford
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Midfield

The biggest change for United in the summer will be in their midfield as both Herrera and Mata are out of contract.

There is speculation that Real Madrid will sign Paul Pogba but the Red Devils may have to lower their £160million asking price.

Paul Pogba could leave Manchester United in the summer
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Scott McTominay should play as his importance is growing at Old Trafford and he could help youngster James Garner, 18, who has been compared to a young Michael Carrick, bed in against the Bluebirds from the start.

Scott McTominay could be a greater role next season while Juan Mata’s contract is up in the summer

Another home-grown talent who could be set for a bigger role next season is 18-year-old Angel Gomes, who has often been described as their next big star and he will almost certainly feature at some point.

Attack

Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku may both miss out while, with recent rumours suggesting that Anthony Martial will be moved on, it’s unlikely the Frenchman will play much of a part.

Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard might play and could be joined by highly-rated youngster Tahith Chong.

Tahith Chong may get his chance at United

Chong has made several appearances this season and has impressed with fans wanting to see him play a bigger part, while Mason Greenwood, despite recent injury issues is being groomed for a bigger role by Solskjaer, so it wouldn’t be a surprise if he started.

Either way, the Norwegian’s team selection on Sunday should make for interesting reading, whether it’s thanks to the starlets or the outgoing first-teamers.

Who is James Garner: Manchester United ace among the youngsters to profit from injury crisis

26 Feb

Manchester United are suffering a severe injury crisis with little option but to bring youth players into the squad.

Luckily for the Red Devils, they have a raft of extremely talented youngsters waiting in the wings hoping to make the most of their opportunity.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed faith would be put in youngsters

Nine players missed their trip to Crystal Palace on Wednesday.

Anthony Martial, Nemanja Matic and Phil Jones missed Sunday’s goalless draw with Liverpool, when Ander Herrera, Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard were forced off during an extraordinary first half.

All six will be missing at Palace, as will long-term absentees Antonio Valencia and Matteo Darmian along with highly-rated 17-year-old Mason Greenwood.

Jesse Lingard was injured against Liverpool

Marcus Rashford also has an ankle injury and is a doubt for the match.

Whoever does get there chance they will be hoping to take their chances in the first team just as Rashford did three years ago.

He was called into the team after Martial suffered an injury in the warm up against FC Midtjylland in the Europa League and went on to score twice.

Interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed that some of their youngsters will be brought into the first team to cope with the crisis.

He confirmed that James Garner, Tahith Chong and Angel Gomes are all travelling to Selhurst Park.

Here is more on those three who could profit from United’s injury woes.

James Garner

The 17-year-old defensive midfielder signed his first professional contract in May and has been named on the bench in the FA Cup and Champions League matches.

James Garner playing for Manchester United under-23s

He is clearly highly thought of at United and has been compared to a club legend by interim boss Solskjaer.

“Jimmy Garner is a Michael Carrick but 20 years younger, so I’m sure he’ll do well,” he said.

Tahith Chong

The 19-year-old forward joined United from Feyenoord in the summer of 2016. He has impressed for the under-23s this season and was selected to go on the club’s pre-season tour of the US.

He earned his first senior call up when he was named on the bench against Juventus in October and was given his debut by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the FA Cup win over Reading.

The left-footed wide player loves to show off his pace and trickery and has the ability to both create and score goals.

Tahith Chong may get his chance at United

Solskjaer said about Chong: “And Chongy, he’ll definitely be taking people on if he comes on. But they’re ready, they’re kids.

“It’s hard when you’re a defender coming on if you’re 16, 17, but as an attacker you just go out there and express yourself. There’s your chance. They can win you the game, they don’t lose it for you.”

Angel Gomes

Gomes was part of the England under-17s team who won the World Cup in 2017.

The 18-year-old attacking midfielder has the ability to provide a spark in the midfield to create chances.

Angel Gomes was part of the England under-17s team who won the World Cup

He was set for a loan move to allow him more first team football but the move was blocked by Solskjaer.

“They’ve been part of our training for a long time now,” Solskjaer said. “I’m sure Angel, he’s been successful with England Under-17s, there with (Jadon) Sancho, (Callum) Hudson-Odoi and (Phil) Foden.
“So, he has been a big part of that and, Angel, I am definitely sure that if he gets the chance, he’ll do well.

FA Cup: Seven Debutants who impressed, including Manchester United, West Ham and Southampton starlets

7 Jan

The FA Cup provided some giant-killings over the weekend with Premier League teams coming unstuck against lower league opposition.

Leicester City were knocked out by Newport, Fulham were sent out by Oldham while Championship side Sheffield United lost to National League Barnet.

Cup competitions are a chance to give players their first taste of action and the third round was no different.

A number of young, and not so young, impressed on their first outings for their respective clubs.

Tahith Chong made his debut for Manchester United

Tahith Chong – Manchester United

The talented 19-year-old came off the bench midway through the second half against Reading for his United debut.

It was certainly a popular move from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with fans cheering his every touch of the ball and the manager praised his performance.

“He had two or three really good moments, as you do when you’re young,” Solskjaer said. “You don’t run the game as a first performance for a 19-year-old.

“But he got the crowd going, and has shown one or two glimpses of what he can do, he has in training anyway.”

Vashon Neufville – Newport County (on loan from West Ham)

Neufville was loaned to Newport from West Ham in time for their third round clash with Leicester City and they will be glad it was completed in time.

The left-back played a vital part in the huge upset where League Two Newport defeated Premier League Leicester 2-1.

His cross in the 85th minute was handled by Marc Albrighton in the box to give Newport a penalty and a chance to win it.

Padraig Amond stepped up to score to send the Welsh club through to the fourth round.

Samir Nasri – West Ham

Nasri played his first match since coming off an 18 month doping ban and proved he still has the talent to play an important part in West Ham’s season.

The 31-year-old showed glimpses of the player he was at Man City in the Hammers’ 2-0 win over Birmingham.

Samir Nasri made his West Ham debut in the FA Cup

Callum Slattery – Southampton

Slattery made his debut in Southampton’s 2-2 draw with Derby and played the full 90 minutes.

The 18-year-old looks like another talented prospect that has come through the much revered Southampton academy.

“It was a fantastic feeling and it’s what I’ve been waiting for,” he said. “It was a dream come true to make my debut in the FA Cup in front of our fans. The result was more important though and we didn’t get that today.

Callum Slattery played 90 minutes for Southampton

George Marsh – Tottenham Hotspur

Involved in squads previously, Marsh was finally handed his bow with Spurs 4-0 up.

He played it fairly safe during his time on the pitch but his growth in confidence by the final whistle really showed and overall he put in a fine display.

Whether he will go on to get more minutes is uncertain but the 20-year-old looks to be a safe pair of hands if Mauricio Pochettino’s injury crisis worsens.

Marsh put on a decent showing in midfield.

Philippe Sandler – Manchester City

The Dutch starlet was, as you might imagine, barely involved during his 23 minute defensive midfield cameo in City’s 7-0 victory over Rotherham but his role did complement Ilkay Gundogan.

With Sandler on the pitch, the German was able to get further forward and he was able to register another three assists for Riyad Mahrez, Nicoas Otamendi, and Leroy Sane.

The Dutch youngster is highly-rated by Man City.

Adalberto Penaranda – Watford

Finally given international clearance in November, injury issues lengthened the young Venezuelan’s wait for a debut but he finally got it against Woking.
It was against lower league opposition but he looked incredibly lively and with a penchant for the spectacular.

He’ll have better games but he doesn’t look like a flop to us.

Penaranda made his debut almost three years after signing for the club

Manchester United news: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gives his verdict on Tahith Chong’s debut performance in FA Cup win over Reading

5 Jan

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has praised Tahith Chong following his debut in the FA Cup third round on Saturday.

The 19-year-old Dutch winger replaced Juan Mata in the 62nd minute of the 2-0 victory over Reading at Old Trafford.

Tahith Chong made his debut for Manchester United in the FA Cup

He joined from Feyenoord in the summer of 2016 and was named as Red Devils Young Player of the Year last season.

United fans were delighted to see the youngster get his debut against the Royals and he showed glimpses of his talent.

And interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was also pleased with what he saw from the promising talent.

Chong has received praise from United boss Solskjaer

“He had two or three really good moments, as you do when you’re young,” Solskjaer said. “You don’t run the game as a first performance for a 19-year-old.

“But he got the crowd going, and has shown one or two glimpses of what he can do, he has in training anyway.

“And the game wasn’t won, it was 2-0 and was still go out there and perform. It’s not like it was 4-0 and it’s just a party, so he did well defensively as well and I think he’ll remember this for a long, long time.”

Some Manchester United fans are in ‘tears of joy’ after teenager Tahith Chong makes the bench against Juventus

23 Oct

Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to make most of the headlines when he lines up against Manchester United, but Tahith Chong will not be far behind him.

The Dutch teenager was a surprise name on the bench for the huge Champions League clash with Juventus and some fans were absolutely delighted to see him make the squad for the first time.

Chong in action for the Man United U-23 team

Having been included in the pre-season tour of America, Chong has waited patiently for his chance to make an impact at Old Trafford.

After arriving from Feyenoord in 2016, the 18-year-old has impressed plenty with his performances in red for the youth and reserve teams at United.

He suffered from a cruciate injury in his first campaign at Man United which meant the forward spent more than 10 months on the sidelines.

The left-footed teenager often plays from the right and has a keen eye for goal.

His inclusion to the Champions League squad has left several Manchester United fans delighted and even one Twitter user in tears. Check out the best reaction below!

Who is Tahith Chong? Man United wonderkid who may start against Rochdale in the Carabao Cup

25 Sep

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may give a run out to one of Manchester United’s highly-rated youngsters for Wednesday’s Carabao Cup match against Rochdale.

United have a host of injuries in attack and Tahith Chong, just like last week in the Europa League clash against Astana, is in line to feature against the League One side – live on talkSPORT 2.

Chong could start on Wednesday but what we do we know about him?
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talkSPORT.com have taken an in-depth look at the talented teenager, and you can read our scout report below…


Basic details

Name: Tahith Chong

Date of birth: December 4, 1999 (age 19)

Height: 1.85m

Position: Winger

Club: Manchester United (3 app / 0 goals)

National team: Netherlands Under-21s (1 app / 0 goals)

Who is Tahith Chong?

Chong is a 19-year-old forward who plays for Manchester United, having joined from Feyenoord in the summer of 2016. He immediately started representing United’s Under-18s but had his season cut short when he suffered a cruciate injury in January 2017.

He returned to the Under-18s set-up ten months later, and made his Under-23 debut at the beginning of 2018 – scoring United’s goal in a 3-1 loss to Spurs with Jose Mourinho, the club’s former manager, watching from the stands.

Chong is highly rated at United
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Playing for the Under-23s last season, Chong scored six goals and added one assist in 17 appearances, whilst also appearing in United’s UEFA Youth League campaign.

He earned a first call-up to the senior squad in a competitive fixture against Juventus in October 2018, when he was named on the bench.

A few months later, Chong was handed his debut by Solskjaer in the 2-0 FA Cup defeat of Reading, being introduced as a second-half substitute for Juan Mata.

Chong was one of a group of United academy players taken on the club’s pre-season tour of the US in the summer and he impressed with some promising displays in attack, particularly against Inter Milan.

Style of play

A left-footed wide player, Chong started his United career as a proper throwback winger; he loved to show off his pace and trickery as he got up and down the flank, creating goals for others as well as scoring them himself. His explosive style of play makes him incredibly hard to deal with, and it is something of a shock to see a player so tall and skinny move so quickly across the ground.

Last season, Chong moved out onto the right flank for United’s Under-23s and a plus for Solskjaer is that the youngster can be deployed on either flank.

As well as hugging the touchline in the manner of a classic winger, Chong also looks to cut inside and put the ball on his stronger left foot.

Chong caught the eye during Manchester United’s pre-season

Aside from his exceptional talent of running with the ball, Chong’s biggest strength is undeniably his ability to deliver the ball from wide. It is his crossing – both swinging crosses from deep and hard driven deliveries across the face of goal – that often stands out when Chong takes to the field.

Weaknesses

The only real weakness evident in Chong’s game at this early stage of his development is his almost incessant use of his left foot. Even when dribbling he always prefers to keep the ball away from his weaker right foot, though he is hardly punished at youth level for that remarkable one-footedness.

When he starts getting a chance in senior matches, Chong will find the game much more unforgiving, and he’ll surely need to start using both feet to play at the highest level.

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