Manchester United's NextGen: 5 Young Red Devils poised for International Champions Cup 2019

This summer sees the return of English giants Manchester United to the International Champions Cup. 

Tournament stalwarts, the Red Devils will participate in Singapore, China and Wales this summer, with showdowns against AC Milan, Inter and defending champions Tottenham Hotspur on the cards for Ole Gunnar Solskjær's men. 

It's always a big occasion when United are in town, of course. In 2018, 101,254 fans crammed into the aptly-named Big House in Ann Arbor, MI, to watch them take on bitter rivals Liverpool. 


This year, United will grace the National Stadium in Kallang, Singapore, for their clash with Inter before facing Premier League counterparts Tottenham in the Hongkou Football Stadium in Shanghai. The 20-time English champions round out their campaign against AC Milan at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. 

And while we're relishing the chance to see United's more established stars strutting their stuff on the International Champions Cup stage once more, there is a great deal of excitement over the club's next generation. 

A club famed for its development of young stars, here we spotlight five burgeoning Red Devils to keep an eye out for at this year's tournament...

Tahith Chong

A prodigiously gifted winger, Chong has been confidently building a reputation as one of the academy's most exciting prospects in years since arriving from Feyenoord in 2016. 

The rangy Dutchman is expected to become increasingly prominent under Solskjær after breaking into the first-team during the 2018/19 campaign. His senior debut came in January's FA Cup win over Reading before realising his Premier League dream as a late substitute against Southampton. 

The 19-year-old was also entrusted by Solskjær to play a part in the UEFA Champions League, coming off the bench for the ten minutes as the Red Devils clinched a dramatic win against Paris Saint-Germain in the French capital to reach the quarter-final. 

Having earned 36 more minutes against Huddersfield Town at the start of May, Chong is hungry for more action. The 2019 International Champions Cup looks set to be his platform to a breakthrough year at Old Trafford.

Mason Greenwood

Incredibly, Chong wasn't the youngest or most inexperienced United player on the Parc des Princes pitch in March. 

That was Mason Greenwood, who was introduced as a late substitute in what was his maiden first-team appearance. 

Only 17, the forward has become a goalscoring sensation for the Red Devils' underage teams, averaging 1.09 goals per 90 minutes since debuting in the Under-18 Premier League in September 2017. Blessed with a low centre of gravity and blistering pace, he also boasts a remarkable 82 per cent dribble success rate. 

Like Chong, Greenwood has clearly played his way into Solskjær's plans. He was part of the squad at last year's International Champions Cup but didn't feature. However, 2019 could be a massive step in the right direction. 

Angel Gomes

At the club since 2006, the 18-year-old attacking midfielder made history in May 2017, becoming the youngest player to feature in a senior game for United since Duncan Edwards in 1953. 

Gomes also holds the distinction of having been the first 2000s-born player to turn out in the Premier League. 

While first-team opportunities have been hard to come by in the two years since, the England Under-17 World Cup winner has continued to turn heads on a regular basis for United's Under-23s. 

An intelligent playmaker, Gomes has the potential to become a mainstay in the United starting XI. He just needs more opportunities; they may well come at this summer's International Champions Cup. 

James Garner

International Champions Cup fans may remember Garner from 2018; the central midfielder made his United debut in the 2-1 win over Real Madrid in Miami.

His Premier League bow came in late February at Crystal Palace but the 18-year-old is determined to kick on and get more minutes under his belt to force his way into the picture under Solskjær. 

Garner is known as a composed presence in the middle, earning comparisons to former United midfielder Michael Carrick, who now serves as a coach under Solskjær. 

He has caught the eye with his displays at U18 level, wearing the captain's armband on occasion as well as being nominated for the Jimmy Murphy Young Player of the Year award. An old head on young shoulders, don't be surprised if Garner becomes a United metronome in the years ahead. 

Brandon Williams

Williams, like Chong and Greenwood, travelled to Paris in March. However, while his young team-mates made it onto the field in the closing stages, the 18-year-old left-back didn't make the matchday squad. 

But the fact that he travelled and trained with the first-team is a measure of the youngster's progress. 

“Brandon is a full-back who can play both sides, quick," Solskjær said back in March via the Manchester Evening News. "It’s the first time he travels with us, he didn’t expect to come, but that’s part of being here that suddenly you’re called upon, why you’re in the academy."

Williams has his work cut out for him if he is to displace Luke Shaw – recently named United's Player of the Year – in the first team but a starring tournament turn this summer may push him up the ladder at Old Trafford. 

When United roll into town in July, there will be a lot of familiar faces. 

But look a little closer and you will see a clutch of promising young talent among the more established stars. 

Witnessing United's next generation in action is just one of many reasons to watch them at the 2019 International Champions Cup.