Manchester United have repeatedly fielded remarkably youthful squads so far this season. The Red Devils under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer have managed to incorporate academy graduates quite capably.
In fact, the side that won 3-1 against Brighton and Hove Albion on Sunday was the youngest United startling lineup since 2017.
However, this doesn’t always translate into every single starlet being given regular starts with the likes of Tahith Chong and Angel Gomes not enjoying as much gametime as Mason Greenwood, for instance.
Now, this may have had a bearing on one of them electing to perhaps discontinue their time at Old Trafford.
According to Calciomercato, Tahith Chong will not be renewing his contract with Manchester United.
The 19-year-old has come under the radar of Juventus and this report restates the murmurs that the Serie A giants are looking to sign him for free in the summer when his contract expires.
This could develop into a tale similar to that of Paul Pogba, with the Mancunian clubs forced to break transfer records in order to retain the academy graduate they had lost to the Old Lady.
Incidentally, Chong doesn’t fully share an identical background, with United purchasing him from Feyenoord back in 2016. Thus, the Dutch winger is not entirely an academy graduate despite functioning primarily for the club’s youth setup.
Further still, the report claims that the teenager wishes to pursue a new challenge elsewhere and has expressly told the club about his intentions to not negotiate a renewal.
It will be interesting to see what steps the club will take in this regard. Solskjaer did mention that the youthful nature of his recent lineups haven’t always been by design and have often been forced by form and injuries.
As of such, it may not be possible to tempt Chong with a continued future role at the side either.