TAHITH CHONG may not have expectations but the rest of Man United does.
Red Devils’ academy product, the jewel of United’s crop of kids, has made a rapid rise through the ranks of the clubs academy.
The 19-year-old striker has been a sensation in roaring through the Old Trafford ranks.
Chong was brought into the first-team set-up by Jose Mourinho before making his first appearance at Old Trafford in January’s FA Cup win over Reading.
Then there was the cameo against Southampton, a Champions League debut against PSG and more minutes against Huddersfield in the penultimate game.
But after being named Player of the Year in United’s reserve team in May 2018, there is high expectations for Chong to make his mark in the senior side after his debuts last season.
He told United’s official website: “You never want to expect stuff.
“I was just enjoying the journey and seeing what comes to my journey. Obviously, that happened in Paris and it is still indescribable.
“Coming on at Huddersfield as well was amazing. Even seeing Mason [Greenwood] and the other boys involved was amazing.
“It is just brilliant to see Jesse [Lingard], Marcus [Rashford] and Scott [McTominay] being there when we go up to training, with the way they help us. It is just really good to see for us.”
Chong is seen as a nailed-on United star of the future, after a sensational return from a ten-month absence with a serious knee injury.
He made such giant strides that Mourinho had no hesitation in including him in the pre-season summer tour of America 12 months.
And he has impressed United coaches further with his performances in training, as well as starring for the Under 23s.
United fans are so excited about Chong’s prospects that they’ve compared him to the great Lionel Messi.
One Twitter user said: “He’s got the head of Fellaini but the feet of Messi.”
No pressure, kid.
The 19-year-old was born on the Dutch Caribbean island of Curacao and snapped up from Feyenoord’s youth system in 2016.
His displays for United’s kids have put him on the radar for some of Europe’s top dogs, although Old Trafford top brass have no intention of letting him slip through their fingers.
Chong – who has a hairstyle that would put Marouane Fellaini to shame – is best suited to playing wide, and cutting into the middle.
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That would tie in with Rashford being switched to a more central role.
Chong became an internet sensation when he put the finishing touches to a stunning length-of-the-field goal in the Champions League Under 19s win over Valencia.
And while he remains an unknown to many outside Old Trafford, his progress didn’t go unnoticed by EA Sports, who included him in United’s squad in their FIFA 18 video game.