Man Utd make first-team squad addition as Solskjaer authorises move

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has moved promising defender Teden Mengi from the club's junior setup into the first-team squad.

The Manchester Evening News report that Mengi, 18, has made the step up to join the senior side indefinitely after he impressed Solskjaer both in training and in matches.

With coronavirus restrictions in place at United's Carrington training complex, the first-team and youth players are being asked to train in their separate bubbles in order to not interact with each other.

Mengi got his first taste of senior Old Trafford action when he came on as an 84th minute substitute for Timothy Fosu-Mensah in the 2-1 Europa League win over LASK Linz at the beginning of August, and he was part of the squad which headed to Germany for the latter stages of the competition.

He has since seen his United squad number upgraded from 71 to 43, and he played the full 90 minutes as captain in United under-23s' 6-0 win at Salford in the Football League Trophy last week.

With both Chris Smalling and Marcos Rojo training away from the rest of the group while they prepare for moves away, Mengi will be hoping to feature in next week's Carabao Cup third round tie at Luton Town.

Solskjaer referenced the youngster in an interview with BBC Radio Five Live before the season, saying: "We always had that in the back of our minds that our academy will provide players and Teden has definitely impressed me.

"It’s different trusting defenders on the big stage, of course it is.

"You’ve got to make sure he’s ready for it, you see examples of Ajax, who play in a different league but Matthijs de Ligt, they made him captain when he was 18. You can see something special in them.

"Teden’s got something special in him. It’s about picking the right moment to give him a chance."

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