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Not just Kobbie Mainoo and Alejandro Garnacho, the young players of Manchester United, should get a chance.

When Man Utd plays Galatasaray in the Champions League, its youthful players might be front and center once again.

“If players are good enough, they are old enough.” With his evaluation of Kobbie Mainoo yesterday, Erik ten Hag echoed the sentiments of the late Sir Matt Busby and issued a challenge to the other bright young players in the Manchester United roster.

Being a part of United Academy for the weekend was quite enjoyable. In the weekend’s victory over Everton, Alejandro Garnacho produced one of the greatest goals in history and Kobbie Mainoo-mania erupted around Manchester.

When United travels to Galatasaray for a crucial Champions League match tonight, the teenage combo will be hoping to win it all again, and they’re not the only young players who might get an opportunity.

Even without Marcus Rashford, who is missing due to suspension, United will benefit from the return of £154 million players Rasmus Hojlund and Antony to the starting lineup tonight. However, there is no guarantee that one of them will start.

Ten Hag will want to carefully monitor their fitness following their recent setbacks and won’t want to take any chances in front of a busy game calendar.

There is only one other spot up for grabs from the outset because Anthony Martial should start and Garnacho looks certain to keep his starting role.

If Hojlund is judged match-ready, Martial may be moved to the wide position. However, even if Antony passes pre-match fitness testing, there is no guarantee he will play.

His level of performance has raised concerns the entire season. The Brazilian had to settle for a bench role for the team’s victory over Luton at home after not being utilized as a substitute in their previous Champions League match.

In the end, Antony hasn’t performed well enough to wear a United jersey, and the fact that rookie Facundo Pellistri has outperformed him this season in terms of first-team action doesn’t help his cause either.

The Uruguayan was instrumental in their victory over Fulham at the beginning of the month and was again very active off the bench over the weekend, contributing significantly to their third goal of the game.

It extended what has been a very amazing career for Pellistri, who has contributed to the team in almost every senior replacement appearance he has ever made.

Ten Hag stated of Pelli yesterday, “Pelli needs to take that step forward and become a starter.” He must also transition from being a bench player, who frequently makes an impact, to a starting eleven member. We’ll watch to see how quickly it moves along.”

Although there are still many questions about whether he is ready for a more regular part in the club, his chances of getting a chance at the right flank are excellent given how problematic the position is right now.

Although Rashford and Antony haven’t exactly shown they’re the solution this season, they will undoubtedly continue to be higher on the priority list to obtain those opportunities in the near future.

Pellistri is a more experienced game-changer than anyone else in his position if Ten Hag needs a little motivation from the bench tonight as the time is running out in Turkey.

Pellistri is also competent if Antony is.

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