Habeeb Ogunneye: Teenage Nigerian Talent In Man United's Squad for FA Cup Clash vs Coventry City

Habeeb Ogunneye: Teenage Nigerian Talent In Man United's Squad for FA Cup Clash vs Coventry City

Robert Abong'o
April 21, 2024 at 4:28 AM
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  • Habeeb Ogunneye has travelled with Manchester United's first team to face Coventry City
  • The teenage right-back could potentially make his senior debut in the FA Cup semi-finals
  • Injuries to several key senior players opened the opportunity for the Nigerian 18-year-old

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Manchester United teenage right-back, Habeeb Ogunneye, has been included in the squad to face Coventry City in the FA Cup at Wembley Stadium.

If proceedings go well on the pitch for the Red Devils, it could mark a potential senior debut for the England youth international.

The 18-year-old travelled with the first team to London on Saturday, April 20, on the eve of the crucial clash semi-final

Manchester United youngsters, Harry Amass, Habeeb Ogunneye (centre) and Ethan Wheatley, have all been called up all in the squad to face Coventry in the FA Cup semi-final. Photo: Marc Atkins.
Harry Amass, Habeeb Ogunneye (centre) and Ethan Wheatley are all in the Manchester United squad to face Coventry in the FA Cup semi-final. Photo: Marc Atkins.
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The ex-Under 17 international has yet to make his senior debut. The talented defender has been called up four times for Premier League games and was an unused substitute against Nottingham Forest in the fifth round.

As reported by the Manchester Evening News, his opportunity to join the senior squad arose due to injuries to several key players, including Raphael Varane, Lisandro Martinez, Jonny Evans, Tyrrell Malacia, and Luke Shaw.

As reported by All Nigeria Soccer, Ogunneye is aiming to become the first player of Nigerian descent to play for Manchester United's first team since Shola Shoretire in May 2022.

Louis Jackson has also been promoted, and teenagers Harry Amass and Ethan Wheatley are set to be named in the 20-man matchday squad. None of the academy players have made their debuts for the first team.

Man United squad vs Coventry City

Andre Onana, Tom Heaton, Louis Jackson, Habeeb Ogunneye, Scott McTominay, Altay Bayindir, Diogo Dalot, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Ethan Wheatley, Omari Forson, Amad Diallo, Harry Maguire, Bruno Fernandes, Harry Amass, Casemiro, Kobbie Mainoo, Christian Eriksen, Alejandro Garnacho, Antony, Marcus Rashford, Rasmus Hojlund.

Ogunneye benched in Liverpool draw

Sports Brief reported that Ogunneye made the bench as Man United battled against Liverpool in the Premier League.

The defender received his fourth senior call-up in a riveting clash at Old Trafford on Sunday, April 7.

The match ended in a 2-2 draw, with several young prospects making their mark on the field.

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