Manchester United fielded a more weakened team in the return leg of our Europa League round of 16 meeting with LASK Linz on Wednesday, after securing a 5-0 advantage in the previous meeting.
Manchester United manager Olé Gunnar Solskjaer, wanted to rest some of his main players for the later stages of competition, and although the club didn’t exactly have a smooth outing on Wednesday, the boss’s changes provided an opportunity for some younger players to build their confidence.
One of the names in Olé’s team was Teden Mengi, who made his debut for the senior team, after impressing at training since the restart. The teenager was an 84th minute sub for Tim Fosu-Mensah.
By participating in the match last night, the 18 year old became the eight Academy graduate to debut for the senior team in the ongoing campaign.
It also marked the first time since the 1952/53 season that as many as eight United Academy graduates would make an appearance on the first team.
Olé has shown faith in youth this season, after giving the likes of Brandon Williams, Largie Ramazani, D’Mani Mellor, Ethan Laird, Di’Shon Bernard, Ethan Galbraith, Dylan Levitt, and lately, Teden Mengi, an opportunity to show what they have to offer.