Ten Hag could find Antony rival in Man Utd’s teen gem who looks like the “next Messi”

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One of the season’s many highlights for Manchester United under manager Erik ten Hag has been the emergence of teenager sensation Alejandro Garnacho. The 18-year-old has proven to be an essential part of the team, especially since the World Cup.

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In what has been a breakout season thus far, the promising “game changer,” as hailed by Manchester Evening News journalist Samuel Luckhurst, has registered nine goal involvements in all competitions, with two of his most memorable contributions coming when he scored away at Elland Road and assisted Marcus Rashford in the Manchester derby.

The Madrid-born speedster’s meteoric rise is yet another example of the advantages of having such a star-studded youth system, with United unquestionably masters at consistently producing potential future gems. Prior to his recent injury blow, the speedster had been a member of Argentina’s senior squad.

The beauty of football is that, despite the well-deserved hype surrounding Garnacho, there is always another young player who has the potential to become the game’s next poster child. According to journalist Tom Maston, 15-year-old Shea Lacey appears to be the player who is causing “lots of excitement” among those at the club.

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Given that the Ravel Morrison issue is still fresh in the memories of people at the Theatre of Dreams, both the club and the fans will undoubtedly be careful of overhyping the young star, but it is difficult to deny the buzz that is circulating around the dexterous virtuoso.

The young playmaker, who has been compared to Manchester City sensation Phil Foden, may have to wait until he is older to break into the first team, but it appears that United are eager to promote him. The playmaker has already made appearances for the team’s U18 squad this season, scoring once and registering two assists in just six league games.

That shows how highly regarded Lacey is by Premier League powerhouses, and it also shows how excitement about the forward is starting to spread outside the club after he scored a brilliant solo goal for the U16s earlier this month.

It is simple to understand why Foden has drawn comparisons to the Liverpool-born menace, as Lacey truly has a “left foot made of gold,” in the words of talent scout Jacek Kulig. Lacey maneuvered through a sea of bodies with breathtaking skill and cunning.

The club’s current first team players are likely to be running scared at the thought of losing their place in the side in the upcoming years, according to Football Transfers reporter Jacque Talbot, who even went so far as to suggest that the Old Trafford outfit may have stumbled across the “next Lionel Messi” in the form of the teenage starlet.

the signing of As Lacey could end up competing directly for the Brazilian’s starting spot on the right side and both players have the ability to cause havoc by cutting in onto their better left foot, Antony in particular might be more concerned about losing his starting spot than most.

In the case of the former Ajax player, the 23-year-old has had a difficult time adjusting to life in England since his £86 million move. To date, he has participated in just eight goals across all competitions, with just three goals and no assists in the league.

It is safe to say that Antony has not exactly enjoyed a warm welcome to the Premier League. TalkSPORT analyst Gabby Agbonlahor and club legend Paul Scholes both called the 15-cap enigma a “clown” after he produced his signature spin in the Europa League victory over FC Sheriff.

Although the former Sao Paolo player appears to be Ten Hag’s favorite due to his individualistic attitude, the £200k per week wizard needs to start establishing his dependability in the final third or risk being dropped from the team.

In the not too distant future, if the 5 foot 9 ace is not careful, young Lacey may very well replace him.

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