Younger Manchester United defender Teden Mengi seems to have been given a brand new squad variety of 43 for the upcoming season.
With every week to go till United get their Premier League marketing campaign underway in opposition to Crystal Palace at Previous Trafford, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s aspect stepped up their pre-season preparations with a pleasant in opposition to Aston Villa on Saturday.
United, with a workforce missing lots of its stars who’ve solely simply returned from worldwide obligation, slipped to a 1-Zero defeat at Villa Park by way of Ollie Watkins’ early purpose however there have been some positives to take from the sport.
New signing Donny van de Beek impressed in his first look for the aspect, Daniel James seems to be to be discovering type once more and Mengi bought one other properly deserved cameo for the primary workforce.
The versatile defender captained Neil Wooden’s Beneath-21 aspect to a 6-Zero demolition of League Two’s Salford Metropolis within the week and got here on in the midst of the defence within the second-half in opposition to Villa, taking part in round 25 minutes.
Solskjaer has been stuffed with reward for the 18-year-old and it seems to be probably that he’ll get extra alternatives within the senior aspect this season.
It is mirrored in his new shirt quantity as he wore the No.43 in opposition to Villa and Salford, an enormous promotion from the No.71 he wore on his first workforce debut in opposition to LASK within the Europa League final season.
If the quantity change is everlasting then Mengi will be a part of fellow academy graduates Mason Greenwood (No.11). Dean Henderson (No.26) and Brandon Williams (No.33) in being handed new numbers this summer season.