Tunnicliffe, 19, of Clemshaw Close, Heywood, near Rochdale, has been charged with driving with excess alcohol and is due to appear before Bury Magistrates Court on October 25, a spokesman for Greater Manchester Police confirmed.
The charge relates to an incident which happened shortly before 2.15pm on Saturday when a Range Rover collided with a transit van on Green Lane, Heywood.
The van subsequently collided with the wall of a house.
Police said the front seat passenger of the Range Rover suffered a minor whiplash injury in the collision and both vehicles were badly damaged.
Tunnicliffe made his debut for United against Newcastle in a Capital One Cup match in September.
His performances were rewarded with a professional contract on December 30, 2009 - the day he turned 17.