6 Man Utd first-team prospects John Murtough has played major roles with

Man United's decision to appoint John Murtough as the club's new Football Director could help hand a first-team opportunity to a number of the club's youth prospects.

Murtough, who was appointed to the vacant role on Wednesday, joined the club in 2013 and had been working as the Red Devils' Head of Football Development.

Plenty of players have already made the jump from youth team to first-team under Murtough's watch, including Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood and Scott McTominay.

Daily Star Sport has taken a look at which current United prospects Murtough has worked with and could force their way into Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's first-team picture.

James Garner

Big things are expected of midfielder James Garner.

The 19-year-old received his first taste of senior football during United's 2019 summer tour of the USA and has since appeared seven times under Solskjaer.

Garner joined Championship club Nottingham Forest in January after his stint at Watford was cut short.

Anthony Elanga

Tricky Swede Anthony Elanga is a player who could become familiar to United fans very soon.

The 18-year-old has pace to burn and is pushing for first-team honours thanks to his performances in Premier League 2.

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  • Elanga has scored six goals and contributed two assists in the development competition so far this season.

    Dillon Hoogewerf

    Striker Dillion Hoogewerf joined from Ajax in 2020 and has been posting similarly impressive numbers, albeit in U18 Premier League.

    He has four goals and four assists in 11 matches this term, leading some to compare him with first-team ace Greenwood.

    Hoogewerf might be a slightly slower burner than Greenwood, but he's definitely one to watch out for.

    Teden Mengi

    United are on the lookout for a long-term partner for Harry Maguire – and Teden Mengi could be the answer.

    The Manchester-born centre-half may only be 18-years-old, but at 6ft tall, he's already a commanding presence at the back.

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    Mengi joined Derby County on loan in January and has already featured prominently under United legend Wayne Rooney.

    If the England U19 international continues to develop well at Pride Park, he'll soon be in the Old Trafford first-team picture.

    Hannibal Mejbri

    Hannibal Mejbri cost United a few quid more than a nice red chianti when he joined from Monaco in 2019.

    Purchased for a fee which could rise to £9.3m, the French teen looks set to have a big future at Old Trafford.

    Solskjaer recently said the 18-year-old midfielder wasn't 'far away,' which suggests he could he involved soon.

    Joe Hugill

    17-year-old Joe Hugill joined United from Sunderland in 2020 and has been banging in the goals in Premier League 2.

    The Durham-born centre-forward is the top scorer in the competition with 10 goals in just 15 matches.

    There are high hopes for Hugill at Old Trafford, who has also been tipped by Solskjaer to play for the first-team.

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