Sky Sports Scout - Ryan Tunnicliffe

We run the rule over Man United starlet Ryan Tunnicliffe

By Sky Sports Scout   Last updated: 16th March 2011  

Sky Sports Scout - Ryan Tunnicliffe
NAME: Ryan Tunnicliffe
AGE: 18 (30th December, 1992)
BORN: Bury
POSITION: Midfielder
CLUB: Manchester United
FACTS: Rejected Manchester City as a teenager

Sky Sports Scout Ratings:
0-10 - No hoper
11-20 - Should look elsewhere
21-30 - Might not make it
31-40 - Has work to do
41-50 - Keep an eye on him
51-60 - Great prospect
61-70 - On his way to the top
71-80 - Already World-class

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Latest under our scout's gaze is Man United'sRyan Tunnicliffe - recommended by Sky Sports reader Sam Platt.

The scout reports...

Ryan Tunnicliffe is one of the names fast emerging as one of Sir Alex Ferguson's real hopes for the future.

The Manchester-born starlet was first spotted by United scouts at the age of nine playing locally.

During his inaugural years with United he was also spotted by England, and he made his debut for the Under-16s at just 14.

He has made excellent progress through the ranks at Carrington and was tied down to a professional deal when he turned 17.

Now little over 12 months on from signing his first deal, he is a regular in the first-team squad and was recently awarded a squad number.

But just how good a prospect is Tunnicliffe? Well he looks like he has everything in his locker to push on and make a name for himself at Old Trafford.

Like with any hard-working, tenacious midfielder that puts on the red shirt, he already be described as the next Robson, Ince or Keane - and although just 18, Tunnicliffe looks very much in that mould.

Strong in the tackle may be the first thing you notice, but Tunnicliffe is technically very, very good - which is why he has also been used in a number of different roles in United's youth system.

His passing is very good, and although he likes to keep it simple he can pick a long ball when needed as he also has a good footballing brain which means he can be dangerous going forward.

Tunnicliffe has also shown his temperament is excellent after battling back from serious injury sustained last season.

Ferguson only last month singled Tunnicliffe out as having a chance of making it, and not many could argue with him.

The scout says...

With Paul Scholes nearing retirement, United would love another home-grown midfield general to emerge, and Tunnicliffe could be that man.

The next 12-months are likely to see him get his chance to cement his place in the first-team squad, and from there it will be with great interest to see whether he can make the big breakthrough.

The Scout rating...

Shooting: 6 out of 10

Passing: 7 out of 10

Tackling: 8 out of 10

Heading: 7 out of 10

Pace: 7 out of 10

Vision: 6 out of 10

Current ability: 6 out of 10

Potential ability: 10 out of 10

OVERALL SCOUT RATING: 58/80

Current value: £1.5million

Potential value: £18million

Your opinion...

You have read our opinion of Ryan Tunnicliffe - now we want your views. Have you seen Tunnicliffe in action? Do you agree with our assessment? Do you think he will make it?

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Comments (6)

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Ryan Tunnicliffe says...

Cheers guys for the support, ive still got a lot of work to do though lol maybe work on my passing a bit and hopefully make it to the bench for a match next year, thanks again though :)

Posted 13:35 24th April 2011

Ben Adamson (Manchester United fan) says...

you should look at xherdan shaqiri for fc basel what a player he gonna be

Posted 13:46 3rd March 2011

Jane Phillips (Manchester United fan) says...

i have watch this lad alot this year. he agood all rounder agood box two box player.i have not seen a player like this since kean.i would start bedding him in now for next season.

Posted 09:14 3rd March 2011

Gary Pridmore (Manchester United fan) says...

i'm a mutv subscriber and watch all youth and reserve matches,and he's definitely one to watch.

Posted 07:07 3rd March 2011

Sam Simpson (Blackpool fan) says...

check out matty philips from blackpool looks good

Posted 04:34 3rd March 2011

Nathan Jones (Manchester United fan) says...

would love to see a scout report on either paul pogba and/or ravel morisson. two of the brightest lights in the man utd stable

Posted 01:30 3rd March 2011

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