The Manchester United Academy has three prodigious siblings who have caught the attention of football enthusiasts. Among them, Amir Ibragimov stands out and is being touted as the ‘next Wayne Rooney’.
The young prodigy got an opportunity to train with the first team under the watchful eyes of Erik Ten Hag shortly after he turned 15.
Originally hailing from Russia, Ibragimov initially showcased his talent at Sheffield United’s academy. His remarkable prowess soon drew the attention of Manchester United’s scouts, securing him a spot at Old Trafford. Demonstrating leadership qualities, Amir captained both the under-14 and under-15 squads before advancing to the under-18 level.
Highlighting his rapid ascent, Amir made headlines by scoring a decisive goal against Liverpool’s under-16 team and later faced off against their under-18 squad.
Raducio King, one of United’s coaches, expressed his admiration for the young talent in a conversation with the Manchester Evening News.
King remarked, “His unyielding spirit truly stands out. Even in the dying moments of a game, if there’s a need for a last-minute sprint to avert a counter-attack, he’s the one. I’ve rarely witnessed such endurance. He’s reminiscent of Wayne Rooney, adept at propelling forward, orchestrating play, making crucial tackles, and initiating attacks. As his technical coach, I can vouch that Amir possesses every skill he needs for a stellar career.”
The Ibragimov legacy doesn’t stop at Amir. His siblings, Gazir and Muhammad, are also rising stars at United. Intriguingly, both had earlier sported Manchester City’s blue before gravitating towards United, echoing the loyalty of their older brother.
Born in Russia’s Dagestan, Amir might represent his homeland in senior football. However, he’s already donned the England jersey, featuring in an under-15 friendly against Belgium.