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Matthew Olosunde and Demetri Mitchell are two of Manchester United’s latest reserve stars who have been called up by Jose Mourinho for Sunday’s clash with Arsenal.
In a bid to keep his squad fresh for their Europa League semi-final second leg against Celta Vigo next Thursday, Mourinho has vowed to make changes to his team after writing off their top-four chances in the Premier League.
Matthew Willock and Scott McTominay, who both made United’s bench in Premier League fixtures last month, are part of United’s travelling squad for the trip to Arsenal, but Olosunde and Mitchell are new additions.
Born in Philadelphia, Olosunde was signed from New York Red Bulls in January 2016 and is capable of playing as a centre-back, a right-back or in central midfield, offering versatility to Mourinho.
At 6ft 1in, the 19-year-old already has excellent physical qualities, but the pacey American is also gifted when in possession.
In the Dallas Cup last month, Olosunde scored one of the goals of the tournament with a sublime solo run against Real Salt Lake Under-19s.
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Mitchell, meanwhile, has made Mourinho’s first team following an impressive campaign with United’s reserves.
The 20-year-old, who plays as a left-sided winger or as a left-wing-back if required, has been nominated for United’s Reserve Team Player of the Year award along with Josh Harrop and Axel Tuanzebe.
Mitchell is blessed with excellent pace and a natural ability to beat defenders in one-vs-one situations.
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Speaking about his transition from an attacking winger to more of a defensive left-sided player this season, Mitchell told MUTV: ‘We had a friendly against Barnsley and I played at left-back.
‘It was new to me and I didn’t grasp it too well but I played wing-back against Chelsea and that helped me adjust to the position.
‘I also played against Sparta Prague [in the Premier League International Cup] and just went on from there. To be fair, I think I’ve adjusted quite well.’