Yesss now Fred
— Daniel (@UtdDxn) June 4, 2018
I watch this guy for the first time in their junior champion league game against Liverpool, he was so quick and with a great potential , it a kind of player we should hold on to in the near future
— Noahkuye (@Noahkuye1) June 4, 2018
Good luck Mellor, GGMU💪
— RHYNØ DUØY JR (@RhynJr) June 4, 2018
Getting more youngsters good 👏🏻😁
— Reece #MUFC ⚽️❤️🔴⚪️ (@Reece1815) June 4, 2018
— Godwin Elijah (@deproph) June 4, 2018
Congratulations to my wee cousin, D’Mani Mellor, who has just signed his first professional contract with Manchester United.
— B (@BrianMellor7) June 5, 2018
— Christopher FALK (@DerFalcao) June 4, 2018
United supporters pride themselves on having a squad containing academy talent and believe it’s having such a focus on blooding through youth players that sets themselves apart from other clubs.
It’s not easy making the transition from youth football to the first-team, but seeing Marcus Rashford, Scott McTominay and Jesse Lingard being so prominent proves there is a clear pathway at United.
Mellor joins Dion McGhee, Brandon Williams, Ethan Galbraith and James Garner to have signed a professional contract in recent weeks and will be hoping this is start of a successful career.
He’ll look to Rashford, McTominay and Lingard as inspiration, with the academy graduates collectively amassing 4263 minutes of Premier League football last season.
As for Mellor, the 17-year-old scored five goals in seven starts for United’s u18 side last season, playing his part as they won the Premier League North title under Kieran McKenna.
He’s already featured for the U23s and could be given more opportunities for the youth and reserve sides next season.
Stats from Transfermarkt.