PICTURE: United midfield starlet given first team number ahead of call-up

by Sam Peoples

Charni Ekangamene has taken a step closer to first team football this weekend as he was given a squad number by David Moyes.

The versatile 19-year-old midfielder has been a regular for Manchester United’s Under-21s in a holding defensive midfielder role but his versatility has seen him play all across the midfield and defence when asked to be Warren Joyce.

Moyes’ decision to give Ekangamene a squad number ahead of United’s trip to Stoke City on Wednesday indicates that he feels he is ready to be given an opportunity with the first team.


It is good to see Moyes giving Ekangamene a squad number because it really shows that he has every intention on following up on his promise to involve the youth at Old Trafford whenever he can.

A versatile midfielder, Ekangamene has progressed a lot in the last 12 months and although he is not ready for the senior squad on a full time basis yet, an experience in the Capital One Cup would be great for him.

United need midfielders and Moyes has done the right thing by giving a chance to those within the lower echelons of the club rather than simply thinking about making purchases.

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