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Erik ten Hag 'wowed' by son of Man United legend, wants to fast track him into the first team

Tom Jenkins

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Erik ten Hag 'wowed' by son of Man United legend, wants to fast track him into the first team

Erik ten-Hag has fast-tracked the 16-year-old son of a Man United legend into first-team training at Carrington.

Ten Hag has had no issues with putting faith in his younger players, even when United have endured difficult periods.

Alejandro Garnacho is one of the most notable names Ten Hag has integrated into the first team, with the Argentine playing a key part in the club's third-placed finish last season.

The 19-year-old has gone from strength to strength in the 23/24 season, most recently scoring against Galatasaray, but more notably the youngster scored a sensational bicycle kick against Everton.

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United also gave a full Premier League debut to 18-year-old Kobbie Mainoo at Goodison Park.

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Mainoo looked like he'd been playing at the top level for decades, and also impressed with a second-half cameo in Istanbul as United drew 3-3.

With such impressive performances from Manchester United's new generation, it's not a surprise Ten Hag is looking at more academy products.

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The most recent teenager to get the nod from the gaffer is the 16-year-old son of former United player Darren Fletcher, who was called up for first-team training ahead of their Champions League fixture.

Despite training with the side, Jack Fletcher wasn't part of the travelling party for the match.

Fletcher has been on the radar of the United boss for some time now according to reports.

"Ten Hag has been watching Jack closely for several months now and has been really impressed," A source said.

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Fletcher (Getty)
Fletcher (Getty)

They continued: "Ten Hag is now working with his staff to put a plan in place to try and develop and fast-track Jack’s progress.

"He thinks he has huge potential which is why he decided to promote him to train with the first team last week."

It is believed that a potential loan might be the best option for the teenager, as United looks to find the best possible solution for Fletcher to get valuable first-team minutes.

Featured Image Credit: Getty

Topics: Football, Manchester United, Champions League, Darren Fletcher

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