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What Man Utd talent did on Old Trafford touchline during Arsenal match spoke volumes, eagle-eyed fans spotted it

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Eagle-eyed Manchester United fans spotted what Willy Kambwala was doing on the touchline ahead of his cameo appearance against Arsenal at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Willy Kambwala has impressed since his emergence from the Manchester United youth academy and received his senior call-up under Erik ten Hag.

The 19-year-old broke into the United first team in the current campaign and Kambwala has been building valuable experience with sporadic playing time.

Kambwala has made eight Premier League appearances for the Red Devils this season, with the United defender making three starts under Erik ten Hag.

Ahead of his return against Arsenal, the Red Devils centre-back missed three consecutive Premier League matches for United due to injury.

United boss Ten Hag has had to turn to Kambwala this season for a place in the first-team squad amid the injury crisis that has plagued his defence.

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Willy Kambwala of Manchester United during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Arsenal FC at Old Trafford on May 12, 2024 in Man...

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Willy Kambwala made his return from injury on Sunday after he came off the bench and replaced veteran defender Jonny Evans in the 75th minute.

The United player saw out the remainder of the Arsenal match, as Leandro Trossard’s first-half opener sealed all three points for the Gunners.

Before he was subbed onto the pitch, Kambwala was spotted on the Old Trafford touchline warming up in front of the Stretford End.

However, footage emerged from fans of the United youngster deciding to take a moment to share in the Old Trafford atmosphere with supporters.

Kambwala could be seen clapping and dancing along to a chant based around United legend George Best before resuming his warm-up routine.

United fans shared the footage of Kambwala on different social media platforms, including TikTok and X, formerly known as Twitter.

Ten Hag thrilled with Kambwala’s development

Ten Hag spoke openly about Kambwala’s impressive development at United last month after the defender’s performance against Liverpool at Old Trafford.

“[Kambwala] has been training a while with us and progressing well,” he told BBC Sport at the time, as per the Evening Standard.

“The next generation need to step in and he is doing brilliant. The challenge for him is doing it consistently.

“Great opportunity for him. We have other options, like bringing Casemiro in at centre-half, but today he deserved it and he showed it on the pitch.”

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