Man Utd promote 18-year-old ‘massive talent’ to first-team ahead of Tottenham clash amid defensive injury crisis
MANCHESTER UNITED youngster Willy Kambwala was promoted to first-team training on Tuesday.
The 18-year-old centre-back was only recently included in the Red Devils’ U23s side.
But he has already impressed enough to force Erik ten Hag into having a closer look at him.
Kambwala arrived at Old Trafford from Sochaux for £3.5million in September 2020.
And he has entered the fray at a time when Man Utd are stretched at centre-back.
Lisandro Martinez and Raphael Varane are both sidelined with injuries.
Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof did little to make a case for themselves in the 3-0 loss to Sevilla on Thursday evening.
And Luke Shaw deputising at centre-half is not an ideal alternative for Ten Hag.
With a clash against Tottenham on Thursday, United could all but secure a place in the top four with a win.
And that may allow Ten Hag to experiment with some youngsters in their subsequent Premier League games – before they take on Manchester City in the FA Cup final.
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But United fans are not concerned if the inexperienced Kambwala is to be thrown in at the deep end.
One said: “Delighted for him. He has had a stinking few years with injuries, he was signed as a massive talent.”
Another added: “Just seen YouTube highlights of him, very much an Erik ten Hag player. Wants the ball at feet and passes out from the back…”
And a third replied: “Erik ten Hag slowly integrating these young stars. Hopefully we see some debuts before the end of the season.”