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United youngsters to keep on eye out for

United youngsters to keep on eye out for

For this article, I thought I would look at the 3 players who I think have improved the most over the current season for the U-18 team. It’s been a disappointing season in the main but that can partly be put down to the fact that a lot of this year’s crop are either first [...]

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United sign Serbian goalie

United sign Serbian goalie

The club has today confirmed that they have reached an agreement with FK Vojvodina for the transfer of Serbian Under-17 international goalkeeper Vanja Milinkovic. In April, the 6ft 7in goalie had a trial at Carrington, where he obviously impressed the coaches. Milinkovic made six appearances for Serbia in the qualifying phase for the UEFA Under-17 [...]

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Ben Pearson – Giving the midfield a bit of bite

Ben Pearson – Giving the midfield a bit of bite

A brave new world awaits under the stewardship of Louis van Gaal next summer, but regardless of who the Dutchman moves for in the summer, an existing flaw looks set to carry through into his reign: a weakness in midfield. Even if reports are to be believed that Kevin Strootman could be on his way [...]

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After beating Liverpool, U-21s only have Chelsea left to beat…

Last Friday night saw U-21 travel to Anfield to take on Liverpool in the U-21 play off semi final. United got this far after a nail biter in the last league game of the season, needing a win at Reading, United trailed 2-1 with less that 10 minutes to go but managed to pull a [...]

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Giggs: You have to give young players a chance

In what was probably Ryan Giggs’ last game at Old Trafford as interim manager and player, he made the decision to start 18-year-old James Wilson and 20-year-old Tom Lawrence. “He’s a goalscorer – a natural goalscorer; but he’s got more to his game than just that,” said Giggs. “He can turn and run and he’s [...]

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United U-21s beat Liverpool

Liverpool finished three points above United in the U-21 table but tonight, at Anfield, United beat them 1-0 in the semi-final play-off. Andreas Pereira scored a fantastic goal just before half-time to put United in to the final. They now have to face Chelsea in the final to retain the silverware they won last season [...]

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United U-21s in the play-offs

United U-21s in the play-offs

Manchester United are in to the end of season play-offs after beating Reading 3-2 away. Amos, Varela, McNair, Ekangamene, James, Rowley, Pearson, Janko, Rothwell, A.Pereira and Wilson were in the starting line-up. Chelsea, Liverpool, United and Fulham currently make up the top four in the table, although City could replace Fulham on goal difference. James [...]

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United’s next star is already in the ranks

Although I have written about James Wilson before, I couldn’t let the chance of writing about his recent performance in an U-21 game at Wolves pass The game was switched from Telford back to Molineux, giving the young lads an opportunity to play at a proper League stadium instead of some of the non-league pits [...]

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MATCH REPORT: U-18s vs Middlesbrough

Last weekend I attended the U-18 game v Middlesbrough at Carrington. United came into the game in awful form following a run of 5 consecutive defeats including a very poor performance at Huddersfield in the FA Youth Cup where United lost 2-1. Although there was only a single goal in it, United only created 2 [...]

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How do our youth teams look in comparison to City’s?

The last week or so has seen both our U-21 and U-18 play home games against our rich neighbours from across town. That gave us an opportunity to see how we compared to a team that is throwing money at all levels of the club. First up was the U-21, played at Salford. Before the [...]

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James Wilson – United’s striking hope for the future

Although Manchester United have, by far, the best record for playing home grown talent since the last World War, the 2 positions we have struggled to make a breakthrough in the last 25 years has been Goalkeeper and a Striker. Why that is I really cannot figure out as we have done really well in [...]

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Manchester United’s youth in 2013-2014… compared to Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City

When Manchester United played Hull earlier this week, we were reminded of the five players on their books who started their football careers at United’s academy. Research from the CIES Football Observatory shows that Manchester United have produced more professional footballers than any other English club, but whilst we know our players have gone to [...]

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How Meulensteen revolutionised the youth at United

Youngster’s learning curve, The Telegraph, September 30th 2005 When Manchester United’s Academy boys glide from their dressing rooms at the club’s magnificent skill factory hidden deep in the Trafford countryside, they run past 10-foot high photographs of David Beckham, Sir Bobby Charlton, Duncan Edwards, Ryan Giggs and George Best. “We want them to be inspired,” [...]

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Hull players who started their career with United

James Chester – playing today Chester, born in Warrington, joined United’s academy when he was just 8-years-old and signed on as a trainee when he was 16. He went straight into the club’s under-18 team, making 17 appearances that season. He continued in the under-18 side the following season, and scored his first goal on [...]

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Hull player: I grew up supporting United

Warrington born James Chester, who joined Hull in 2011, has spoken about the early days of his career spent at Manchester United. He joined the academy when he was 8-years-old, coming from a family of United supporters, and signed on as a trainee when he was 16-years-old. “I went when I was eight or nine [...]

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