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Who is Tahith Chong? Manchester United player travels with squad to Newcastle

Manchester Evening News logo Manchester Evening News 2/01/2019 20:29:49 Charlotte Duncker
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Manchester United fans are growing increasingly excited about Tahith Chong, but who is he?

The 19-year-old was signed from Feyenoord in 2016 and immediately caught the eye as part of Kieran McKenna's U18 side.

He announced himself in his first season at the club by scoring a stunning strike at Old Trafford in the FA Youth Cup - which turned out to be United's only goal in that competition in 2016/17.

Unfortunately, a cruciate injury curtailed his first campaign in Manchester in January, but after spending 10 months on the sidelines the Dutch teenager's star continues to rise.

Watched by Jose Mourinho on his U23s debut in January, Chong scored United's only goal against Spurs from the right wing.

Chong trained with the first team a number of times last season and EA Sports have included him in the senior squad in FIFA 19. He has also travelled with the senior squad to Newcastle.

United continue to lack a specialist right winger and that has led to calls for Chong to receive a first team promotion. He went on the first team tour of America ahead of the 2018/19 season and here's a look at what his coaches have said about him and where he can play...

Name: Tahith Chong

Date of birth: 4th December 1999

Position: Winger

Birthplace: Willemstad, Curacao

Joined United: 27th July 2016

What have his coaches said about him?

Kieran McKenna, United's former U18 manager: "Tahith has hit the ground running in his time here and I think he's just a fantastic professional. He has the right attitude to training and looks after himself really well off the pitch. He's really personable and good with the staff and players, which has helped him to settle in quickly. On the pitch, everyone has been excited by his performances; he's an eye-catching player.

"We'll just keep pushing him to add to that with an end product so he can add goals and assists, as he has been doing, and can have a bright future in the game."

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Where can he play?

A left-footer, Chong has featured in a left wing role in his youth but made his U23 debut on the right wing and has featured primarily on that flank for United.

What has Mourinho said about him?

Here's what Mourinho said about Chong after his debut on the tour: "He was good. He came with the intention to show, and in a moment where we have no strikers on the pitch, Martial was the only one and then he left, so we needed people to create, have some initiative, which he did.

"The action for the cross for the goal is a beautiful action. He was enthusiastic, he was confident to play.

"Of course physically he has his limitations, and when he has one more touch and he allows that body contact of course he loses it, but when he makes the ball move and attacks people one against one, he has quality. He's a good kid."

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What awards has he won?

Chong was crowned Jimmy Murphy Youth Team Player of the Year at the 2018 end-of-season awards dinner, beating off stiff competition from Lee O'Connor and James Garner.

What has he had to say?

"I think it's the dream of everyone in this room to play in the first team," he told MUTV. "But obviously we're still focused. We're still working hard to get there. That's the dream."

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