What happened to 10 Man Utd youth stars labelled ‘biggest prospects’ in 2018

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Manchester United 's long tradition of producing top-quality youngsters is still well and truly in full flow.

In recent years, United's famed academy has seen the likes of Scott McTominay, Marcus Rashford, Brandon Williams and Mason Greenwood all graduate to the first-team.

Fielding academy alumni is so entrenched in United's DNA that the club has played over 4000 consecutive games featuring players they've nurtured.

In 2018, United's youth teams were brimming with talented players who appeared to be ready to make the jump to the first-team.

Many of you might be asking yourselves the same question: where are those players now?

Well, needn't worry as Starsport is on hand to give you career updates on United's hottest prospects of 2018.

Mason Greenwood

Greenwood is without a doubt the most successful of United's 2018 "prospects". After making four appearances for the Red Devils in the 2018-19 season, the 19-year-old forward has become a first-team regular.

The England international has made a total of 57 appearances for the Red Devils, in which he's scored 18 goals and provided six assists.

He's likely to lead United's line along with Marcus Rashford for many years to come.

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Tahith Chong

The Netherlands Under-21 international debuted for United in 2018 and has since made a further four appearances for the club.

The winger, however, has found it difficult to force his way into the first team, which sparked his desire to leave Theatre of Dreams on a permanent basis.

That wish has not yet been granted, although he is currently on loan in German with Bundesliga big boys Werder Bremen.

Angel Gomes

The 20-year-old attacking midfielder was expected by many to become a regular fixture in the first-team after making his debut in the 2016-17 season.

First-team football, however, has been hard to come by for the England Under-20 international, who is currently out on loan in Portugal with Boavista.

Ro-Shaun Williams

Unfortunately for Williams, he failed to make the at Old Trafford. The 22-year-old's lack of progress prompted a January move to League Two side Shrewsbury Town.

The once highly-rated defender has been an ever-present since his move to New Meadow, making a total of 55 appearances for the Shrews.

Aliou Traore

The former PSG academy player has yet to feature for the Red Devils and is now currently on loan at Ligue 1 side Caen.

Lee O'Connor

The Irishman never made the grade at Old Trafford and was sold to Scottish champions Celtic last September. First team-football at Parkhead has been hard to come by for the right-back, who the Hoops recently sent out on loan to League Two side Tranmere Rovers.

Regan Poole

The Welshman made his debut for United on the same night current Red Devils mainstay Rashford scored an unforgettable brace against FC Midtjylland in the 2015-16 season.

That proved to be the defender's sole appearance for the club, who released him in the summer of 2019. Poole is currently on the books at MK Dons, who he made 25 appearances for last season.

Callum Gribbin

The often-talked about midfielder failed to break into the first team and was released by the club in 2019. Gribbin, 21, is currently plying his trade in League Two with Barrow.

Ethan Hamilton

Like Gribbin, the Scottish midfielder failed to get anywhere near the first team and was subsequently released by United at the end of the 2019-20 season.

Hamilton is currently playing for Peterborough United, who, at this moment in time, occupy fifth place in the League One table.

Aidan Barlow

Was tipped to break into the first team after stellar performances against Newcastle and Liverpool in the Under-18s' 2016-17 season.

The highly-touted attacking midfielder, however, is currently a free agent following the expiration of his contract at the Theatre of Dreams.

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