Willy Kambwala, a product of the Manchester United academy, showcased promise in his senior debut during the 2-0 Premier League defeat to West Ham United on Saturday.

The 19-year-old, unexpectedly included in the starting lineup at the heart of the defense alongside Jonny Evans due to Raphael Varane’s illness, displayed confidence from the kickoff, even embarking on an adventurous run forward.

Impressively, he quickly settled into the game, demonstrating comfort with the ball at his feet.

Throughout the 84 minutes of play, the towering 6ft 4in youngster accumulated 92 touches, completing an impressive 75 out of 89 passes.

Additionally, he delivered two successful long balls and executed three clearances.

In our assessment, the young ace cannot be held responsible for the conceded goals, and his performance should serve as encouragement for manager Erik ten Hag to consider starting him again.

With little time to dwell on the outcome, Manchester United is set to face Aston Villa on Boxing Day.

The Red Devils are grappling with over six hours without finding the back of the net, and they urgently need to break this goalless streak when Unai Emery’s side visits Old Trafford.

The missed opportunity by Alejandro Garnacho to open the scoring at the London Stadium underscores the need for clinical finishing in front of goal.

The upcoming Tuesday game against Aston Villa is crucial, considering the existing eight-point gap to the top four.

Another unfavorable result might prompt questions about Ten Hag’s future.

Should Varane remain unavailable to face Villa, Kambwala might find himself in the starting XI again. Fans are hopeful for Varane’s return to the lineup.

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