Ex-Reds defender Arthur Albiston has tipped Danny Welbeck to build on his introduction to the senior United team in Saudi Arabia.
Despite missing a penalty, the 17 year-old's appearance as a sub in the friendly defeat by Al Hilal was encouraging.
Albiston has seen Welbeck at first hand in his Reserves and Academy work for MUTV, and believes the young Mancunian could one day feature in the first-team squad.
Albiston said: "Danny has the ability to drag the ball past defenders. He has a languid style and you might think, at first look, that he is not quick. But, believe me, he is.
"Often tall players don't look comfortable on the ball and their control doesn't appear great. But Danny is a really smooth mover, is confident on the ball and has great control.
"He can beat defenders using either foot and has a very nice unflustered temperament. He gets knocked about a lot but he just gets up and gets on with it.
"United have the likes of Rooney and Tevez who are low centre of gravity, powerful players. If Danny progresses as he should, he could offer another option."
Arthur Albiston was quoted in the Manchester Evening News.