Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plan for Man Utd academy duo

Whilst Manchester United fans and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will not want to give up on their Premier League title challenge until it is mathematically impossible to catch their rivals, one of the few positives from Man City being crowned champions could be the emergence of two more rising stars.

United currently find themselves 11 points behind Pep Guardiola’s men, albeit with a game in hand, and the Red Devils only have 18 points to play for.

It would take a capitulation from City to see United claim the title and the Manchester Evening News state Solskjaer will continue playing his best side until it is mathematically impossible.

However, it has been reported that once the title challenge is done, Solskjaer is ready to unleash two more exciting academy products in Hannibal Mejbri and Anthony Elanga.

The pair have impressed the United boss this season and were on course to make their senior debuts earlier in the campaign before they both suffered injuries earlier this year.

Both players have started training with the first team in recent weeks though, as they look to join the likes of Shola Shoretire, 17, and Amad, 18, in making their senior bows this season.

Hannibal, a France Under-17 international, was set to move up to first team training back in February before suffering an arm injury.

The 18-year-old signed for United from Monaco in the summer of 2019 and the technical midfielder, who can play centrally or out wide, signed a new long-term contract in March.

“He was unlucky getting injured, six weeks ago, when he was supposed to come up [to train] with us.” Solskjaer told the United website a few weeks back.

“Now he’s got over the injury and joined in, and he’s done well, the boy.”

“Of course, you drip-feed them in and you don’t expect them to set the world alight,” he added. “But you want to see them in this environment and he’s looked comfortable and confident.

“Hopefully, we can give him that extra motivation and inspiration to show even more of his talent and why not?”

Elanga is another player who Solskjaer admits deserved a first team chance before now but was set back after suffering a collarbone injury in January.

The 18-year-old, who is a Sweden Under-17 international, can play anywhere across the front line and has been with the club since he was 12.

Like Hannibal, he too signed a new long-term contract in March and started training with the first team at the beginning of this month.

“I've got faith in the young lads, of course, and in Anthony, we have a player with good skills, a great attitude and he scores goals from either the right or left, and he's got good pace,” Solskjaer told United’s website earlier this month.

“He's not just there for experience, he might actually play a part, who knows? He's got that X-factor and I like players with speed and acceleration and he's definitely got that.”

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