As is often the case with the Big Four, the midweek Carling Cup action afforded opportunities for fringe players and youngsters to get a rare run out for their senior teams. Sir Alex was amongst those who looked to blood some of his babes against Wolves on Wednesday night, as the Old Trafford crowd got their first look at 17-year-old Norwegian striker Joshua King.
King only received a few minutes to shine at the end of the contest, but the occasion was a huge stepping stone in the teenager’s development at United.
King: “It’s a big step up, obviously, but now I’ve just got to keep training hard and working hard and I might get a chance in the next Carling Cup game. It was a big day for me. I maybe should have scored, but I thought I did well.”
(Josh King’s shot on target against Wolves can be seen here.)
United snapped up King at the tender age of 15 from Norwegian side Valerenga after it quickly become apparent that King was a special talent. Tall, athletic, physical, pacey and skillful, King possesses all the attributes needed for a modern day centre-forward, and since moving to Carrington the young talent has continued his development in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s reserve side.
It hasn’t all been roses though for King. The Oslo-born teenager suffered a spate of injuries in the past 12 months which limited his involvement for the reserves. But after overcoming his period on the sidelines, King now appears to joining the likes of Welbeck and Macheda as a future United forward of tomorrow.
Video evidence of Josh King can be seen here.