Wed. Dec 1st, 2021

Omari Forson had his first appearance of the season for Manchester United’s academic sides since August last night.

Forson played a prominent role in the pre-season for Manchester United’s under 23s and scored in a win over Hearts.

The young winger then signed his first professional contract in early August.

After starting the opening league for the Under-23s against Leicester, a 2-2 draw, Forson has spent the last two months on the sidelines.

With just 67 minutes of action to his name all season, Forson returned as a late replacement in the EFL Trophy defeat to Sunderland.

Sunderland vs. Manchester United: U18 Premier League
(Photo by John Peters / Manchester United via Getty Images)

Bright talents

Forson, 17, made a name for himself at the end of last season as he went up to under-23 on just 16.

On his debut for the Under-23s, he provided two assists and scored a goal in an entertaining victory over Derby.

It underscored the high potential he has and seemed to set him up for a breakthrough campaign this season.

But the injury has held him back for the first two months of the campaign.

So did last season. An injury saw Forson miss the time between November and March, limiting him to just 13 league games for those under 18.

Despite this, he was still able to score five goals and give five assists, a healthy return.

His late cameo against Sunderland did not give him too much opportunity to do much.

United were already 2-1 down and chased the match. But for Forson, it was still a good experience to get back on the field again and be part of a game at Sunderlands Stadium of Light.

Forson will now look to stay in shape and work his way back to the lineup under 23.

Everton vs. Manchester United: U18 Premier League
(Photo by John Peters / Manchester United via Getty Images)

United have won three league games in a row for under 23s, and it may therefore be a coincidence that they do not start immediately. But Forson gets his chances.

He turned 17 in July and is still ahead of schedule for where he should be. It shows how high United rate him, that he even plays football under 23 at this time, similar to Shola Shoretire a year ago.

Those under 23 face Blackburn on Saturday and it’s a bonus to have Forson back. There is plenty of time to make up for lost time.

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