Signed in 2015 for a then world record fee for a teenager, Luke arrived in Manchester set to be United’s first team left back for the future. 5 years on, the story hasn’t been quite the same, his career at the club has been marred by injuries. Last season was seen to be his make/break season at the club and started with a goal on the first day of the season, he looked like he had finally arrived. A mediocre season at the club saw him surprisingly take home the Player of the Year award. Overlapping runs are a natural aspect of his game and his ability to whip in a cross/pass has always been a threat for United up front but his inability to track back and mark opposition players on multiple occasions has been far from acceptable. Question marks still exist over whether he has cemented his place in the starting XI.
All of 19 years, Brandon has broken into the first team this season like a breath of fresh air. Ole’s trust in the youth and promotion of players into the first team has shown us the immense potential the lads from the academy possess. Having already played 10 games this season, his 4 yellow cards are a testament that the boy is not shy of a fight. His pace up front has always been a massive boost to our attacking options and his goal against Sheffield United was what helped the team turn the game on its’ head. His ability to track back and not unnecessarily commit to tackles goes to show his maturity and understanding of the game.
Ashley has been one of the club’s most loyal servants and has played out of position from the Louis Van Gaal days. His performances have been abject on multiple occasions and he should be seen moreover as a squad player who should not be taking precedence over Luke or Brandon unless both are unavailable.
Ole’s selection for the position depends on the style of play, considering that the game is turning into an assist fest for the fullbacks, Luke and Brandon should look to adapt to that style of play. United’s defence now comparatively better than the past could mean that the left back spot could be the only chink in an otherwise strong armour.
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