Miscellaneous Reserve/Youth News

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  1. Jun 7, 2017

    RedMachine03 Poster of Articles

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    Manchester United Under-18s coach Kieran McKenna believes the standard of youth football in England compares favourably to anywhere else in Europe.

    Citing the draw with Manchester City in early December as a perfect illustration of his point, McKenna feels the level being reached can match anything on the continent.

    United ultimately finished fourth in the top division after an entertaining campaign and the former Tottenham youth coach believes the challenge is to provide appropriate steps for youngsters when they move up from the Academy league.

    "I think there are a lot of things in this country we’re doing right in Academy football," McKenna told Inside United during an in-depth review of the campaign. "I think the standard of games is really high and we’ve had some terrific games this year.

    "After the derby with Manchester City here [at the Aon Training Complex] before Christmas, the 2-2 draw, a lot of coaches at national level said to me it was the best game of Under-18 football they’d seen this season – and in quite a few other seasons as well. I thought it was two really good sides going toe to toe and everything you want to see in a high-level youth game.

    "I’d say the ones against City, Chelsea and some of the games with Liverpool have been probably as high a level of games as Real Madrid versus Barcelona or Bayern Munich versus Borussia Dortmund – or any game you might have in Europe at that level.

    "I think there are a lot of good things in the Academy system but I feel the biggest challenge is still what comes at the next step when they leave the youth team and when they progress. How do we get them opportunities to play competitive football?

    "Whether that will be with first teams, on loan, in the Under-23s, I think that next step of the pathway is something everyone in youth development is looking at and trying to refine to make sure some of the good work going through the Academies ends with the players at the end of it getting the right opportunities at the right times."

    Read more from the interview with Kieran McKenna in the new edition of Inside United, out now.
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    Sid234 Full Member

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    Other than Zlatan, these are the other players who I think were not on our retain list:
    Tom Sang
    Faustin Makela
    Max Dunne
    Kayne Diedrick-Roberts
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    top1whoisman Meet the press(conference)

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    Makela & KDR has left United.
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    Glad to see Harrop and Olosunde being offered contracts.
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    Sang has been on a school contract, so he wouldn't be on the list anyway.
    Max Dunne is on the list, so he is staying.
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    oskarutd Full Member

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    No he signed for Betis a new contract.
    Roberto Gonzalez
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    Redo91 Full Member

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    Was Makela not highly rated when he was under 15/16?
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    An 2006 team played in Murapol Cup in Poland today, finished 2nd in the group stage, will play in the quarter final against host AP21 tomorrow.
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    oskarutd Full Member

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    He was and played early for the u18s, but injured a lot sadly.
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    Prodigal7 Full Member

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    He was one of the top junior athletes (200m runners) in the country I think. Perhaps too reliant on his athleticism as a footballer which the injuries took their tole on.
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    Arnau Puigmal just put this on his Instagram with a Espanyol shirt signed by all his teammates:
    Thank you so much family for everything. I'm going to miss you so much
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    Classical Mechanic Full Member

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    Which foreign lads are we signing then?
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    GroteBergMan98 Full Member

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    There's a good summary and lineup by @khoazany in the U18s Scholars thread
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    Classical Mechanic Full Member

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    Cheers.
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    RedMachine03 Poster of Articles

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    limerickcitykid There once was a kid from Toronto...

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    I just realised they have u18 stats on transfermarkt now, they used to only have u23s so that is a nice new addition.
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    top1whoisman Meet the press(conference)

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    Very nice! Must appreciate the work they do, even if their stats are sometimes incorrect by a few apps/goals/assists.
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    Mr. MUJAC Talent spotter

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    Youth hawk is still an excellent resource too.
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    limerickcitykid There once was a kid from Toronto...

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    Yes it is, especially for united compared to other teams. That is what I always used before. The more resources the better.
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    UNITED'S ACADEMY PRE-SEASON DATES

    Manchester United's plans for the summer at Academy level are taking shape ahead of the 2017/18 season.

    The youngsters will report back from the break and head off to Austria for a training camp, which should prove hugely beneficial in terms of fitness and team bonding. The club will then compete in Northern Ireland at the SuperCup NI (formerly known as the Milk Cup), the Youdan Trophy and the Otten Cup.

    A pre-season date at Lincoln City has already been arranged and more friendlies look set to follow for the Reserves. This page will be updated with all confirmed developments.

    Academy diary dates:

    8-15 July: Training camp in Austria for Under-18s and Reserves.
    22 July: Showcase SuperCup NI match v Northern Ireland Under-18s in Coleraine.
    23-29 July: SuperCup NI in Northern Ireland for 2002 birthdays.
    26 July: Lincoln City v United youth side at Sincil Bank, 19:00 BST.
    30 July-4 Aug: Youdan Trophy in Sheffield for mainly 2004 birthdays.
    3-6 Aug: The Otten Cup in the Netherlands for 1999 birthdays.
    8-10 Aug: Oakham Tournament in Rutland for 2002 birthdays.
    13-20 Aug: HKJC Academy trip, Hong Kong.
    15-17 Aug: Oakham Tournament in Rutland for 2003 birthdays.
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    Zoo Full Member

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    Acole9 Outstanding

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    Interesting, I half expected Warren Joyce to come back but I see he has gone elsewhere.
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    Mr. MUJAC Talent spotter

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    Here is a summary of Ricky Sbragia's career at United:

    2002-03 United won the FA Youth Cup and came 8th in league...McClair was manager of the Youth team but Sbragia had some input

    2003-04 United came 3rd in League, won Manchester Senior Cup Final and also the Blue Stars Tournament

    2004-5 United virtually won everything...Champions in the Premier League Reserves North, Champions in the Pontins Reserve League, Winners of the Pontins League Cup, Runner's Up in the Manchester Senior Cup and also won the Blue Stars Tournament...impressive season!

    2005-06 He left in the November so hardly any input to anything that season. But as you can see steady progress culminating in a fabulous season in 2004-05.

    He also had plenty of input into the development of Rossi, Pique and others...

    If he replicates any of that we should be pleased, but I wonder whether it is designed as a short term assignment and we are looking for someone else over the next couple of years.
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    Grande Full Member

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    Do you recollect anything about his style, or about him as a player developer? Apart from what you mentioned, that is.
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    Mr. MUJAC Talent spotter

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    Pretty attacking philosophy...but then again he had lots of attacking players.

    He was instrumental the development of quite a few players who have since gone on to play internationally...Pique, Rossi, Bardsley, Campbell, Shawcross, Heaton, Evans, McShane, Richardson, Spector, Gibson...
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    Grande Full Member

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    Thanks!
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    khoazany Full Member

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    Not a bad appointment but pretty underwhelming tbh considering all the changes around.
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    Sid234 Full Member

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    Maybe we didn't want to get too far away from the club's values so went for an old hand?
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    Wazza4Gaffa New Member

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    Id prefer us bringing in a new coach instead of a retread from 12 years ago. Or maybe even give a former player a shot at coaching the team. Not like the u23s is anything special its a ish league.
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    Puigmal, Bernard and Traore look confirmed. Apart from them, we're probably signing a striker which is hopefully Redan and we're also apparently trying to sign Umaro Embalo. Apart from those players, I am unaware of any signings as Gonzalez signed a new contract at Betis.
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    From L'equipe on Aliou Traore

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    Ethan Galbraith will sign officially as well. I've heard we might bring in 1 or 2 2nd year u18s as well but haven't heard any names
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    GroteBergMan98 Full Member

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    Forgot about Galbraith, midfield looks stacked with him, Traore, Puigmal, Garner, Barlow etc.!

    Will be interesting to see the 2nd year U18s though I think they will probably mostly play in the 23s.
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    Utdstar01 Full Member

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    Thanks man. I heard Redan may be going elsewhere or was that rubbish? Anyhow, Looks promising this class up and coming, look forward to seeing them next season.
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    Mark Pawelek Full Member

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    Aliou Badara Traoré (born: 8 Jan 2001) has played in at least 8 French U-16 matches. 3 Friendlies and 5 competitive. Plays in midfield. [PS: There's another player with the same name about 11 years older than him.]
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    GroteBergMan98 Full Member

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    Not a clue where he'll end up, we'll find out July 1st officially, hopefully we get some rumours sooner though.
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    khoazany Full Member

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    Redan most likely will end up at Chelsea.