Erik ten Hag handed 21 academy stars their first-team debuts during his time at Ajax... so, as Charlie Savage signs a new deal, which Man United youngsters can hope for playing time at Old Trafford next season?

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Robbie Savage's son Charlie has signed a long-term contract with Manchester United.

The 19-year-old, who has been with the club for 10 years, has put pen-to-paper on a deal to keep him at Old Trafford through until 2025.

Savage is one of a number of exciting prospects emerging from the United academy and he was handed his first-team debut earlier this season in the UEFA Champions League by interim boss Ralf Rangnick.

Robbie Savage's son Charlie (middle) has signed a new long-term contract with Man United

Robbie Savage's son Charlie (middle) has signed a new long-term contract with Man United

Robbie Savage's son Charlie (middle) has signed a new long-term contract with Man United

United boss Erik ten Hag arrives at Old Trafford with a reputation for developing young players

United boss Erik ten Hag arrives at Old Trafford with a reputation for developing young players

The Reds won the FA Youth Cup last term with victory over Nottingham Forest in the final

The Reds won the FA Youth Cup last term with victory over Nottingham Forest in the final

When Erik ten Hag was announced as Manchester United manager, director of football John Murtough talked up his track record of working with young players.

Murtough said: 'Erik has proved himself to be one of the most exciting and successful coaches in Europe, renowned for his team's attractive, attacking football and commitment to youth.'

Like Manchester United, Ajax have a flourishing academy set up, and Ten Hag has made excellent use of it during his four-and-a-half years at the Dutch club.

John Murtough praised Ten Hag's work with youth players when the Dutchman was appointed

John Murtough praised Ten Hag's work with youth players when the Dutchman was appointed

Ten Hag's commitment to youth during his spell at Ajax manager has been unquestioned. During his time at the club, he had handed debuts to 21 different academy players.

And his final match as Ajax manager, Ten Hag boosted that number up to 23, by giving debuts to two more young players.

With youth clearly a key focus, Sportsmail has highlighted some of the brightest prospects United's new manager will have to work with. 

Charlie McNeill

United have a history of great goal-scorers and Charlie McNeill has everything needed to join that list. 

The 18-year-old has more goals than appearances for the U18s. He also made an impact in the latter stages of the UEFA Youth League, netting in consecutive games as United made light work of qualification.

McNeill made headlines when he swapped City for United in a reported £750,000 move.

When he signed much was made of his apparent 600-goal haul at various youth levels. Although those numbers are impossible to confirm, there is no doubting his talent.

Charlie McNeill is among the brightest prospects in Manchester United's academy

Charlie McNeill is among the brightest prospects in Manchester United's academy

Alejandro Garnacho

Signed from Atletico Madrid's academy back in September 2020, Garnacho has progressed impressively over the past 18 months.

The left winger has a reputation for speed and quick feet, regularly taking on defenders before cutting inside on his right foot.

He played a key role in United's run to the FA Youth Cup final, contributing five goals and three assists in five appearances. 

Alejandro Garnacho made a name for himself in United's run to their FA Youth Cup triumph

Alejandro Garnacho made a name for himself in United's run to their FA Youth Cup triumph

The 17-year-old has also made a few appearances for their Under-23s in Premier League 2 and scored a brace in a 4-0 win over Blackburn Rovers.

Despite representing Spain at youth level, Garnacho has recently been named in Argentina's preliminary squad for their upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Venezuela and Ecuador.

'He's a talented boy,' United academy boss Nick Cox said in March 2022. 

Cristiano Ronaldo gave his hat-trick ball to Garnacho after United beat Norwich in April

Cristiano Ronaldo gave his hat-trick ball to Garnacho after United beat Norwich in April

'I think some of his performances have caught the eye. He's one of many talented boys we've got. We've been in constant dialogue with him about what he might do.

'This is pretty fresh news. He's yet to make a decision. I know he's proud of his heritage, he's proud of both countries. I think he's honoured that both countries have an interest in him.

'And, really, the take-home message for me is "You're doing OK if you've got two countries that are interested in selecting you."'

Alvaro Fernandez

Despite being offered a new contract by Real Madrid, Fernandez decided to leave Spain and join United's academy in 2020.

The 18-year-old has everything in his locker to become the perfect modern-day full-back, combining his defensive skills with a massive attacking threat down the left flank.

He's become one of the first names on the team sheet for United's Under-23s and has recently been training with the senior side.

Alvaro Fernandez has impressed since joining the club's academy from Spain in 2020

Alvaro Fernandez has impressed since joining the club's academy from Spain in 2020

Zidane Iqbal

One of just two players on this list that have made a senior appearance for United, Iqbal came off the bench in a Champions League game against Young Boys in December 2021.

He became the first British South Asian to play for the club and has since made senior international debut for Iraq, playing in a World Cup qualifier against Iran.

The attacking midfielder, who grew up idolising Mesut Ozil, brings plenty of creativity to United's Under-23s and also has an eye for a spectacular goal.

Zidane Iqbal (pictured with Savage) has already made his debut for the United first team

Zidane Iqbal (pictured with Savage) has already made his debut for the United first team

Shola Shoretire

Shoretire, 18, has already made his first-team bow, with four senior appearances in all competitions in the last two seasons, including a Champions League appearance and a Europa League debut the year before which made him the youngest ever United player to play in Europe.

His first game for the senior side came in a 3-1 win over Newcastle in February 2021 as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer brought him off the bench to replace Marcus Rashford in the final few minutes.

Towards the end of the season, the Newcastle-born player featured as a creative No 8 for Neil Wood's under-23s.

He could provide another option in midfield following a host of first-team departures, including the likes of Juan Mata and Paul Pogba.

Newcastle-born forward Shola Shoretire has four senior appearances under his belt

Newcastle-born forward Shola Shoretire has four senior appearances under his belt 

Shoretire has played in a range of positions for the senior side and in the youth squads

Shoretire has played in a range of positions for the senior side and in the youth squads

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