Discussion in 'Reserve/Youth Forum' started by jb8521, Dec 21, 2014.
Prefers to play on the wing than up top because he enjoys the defending aspect of the game too, great attitude.
EARLY TEAM NEWS FOR CRYSTAL PALACE
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has guaranteed there will be some fresh faces in the line-up when the Reds take on Crystal Palace on Sunday, with Paul Pogba also set to return.
The boss name-checked several youngsters and confirmed Joel Pereira will make his Premier League debut in goal against Sam Allardyce's Eagles at Old Trafford. Demi Mitchell, Matty Willock, Josh Harrop and Zak Dearnley are also in line to make their senior bows at any level as none of them have even had a loan spell away from the club.
Pogba will get a run out in the final Premier League game of a demanding season after being granted compassionate leave due to the sad death of his father.
"Sunday will be a big day for the kids because lots of them are going to play," said the boss. "I hope the crowd enjoys that, in spite of it not being a big, strong Manchester United team.
"I hope to play Joel against Crystal Palace. He’s a very good goalkeeper so we’re in safe hands."
When asked about when David De Gea will next play, Mourinho replied: "I think in the first match against LA Galaxy in pre-season in Los Angeles [on 15 July]. David is the top [keeper] in the world and obviously we want to keep the top [goalie] in the world.
"I don't go with 'if he leaves' as I hope he doesn't leave. I think we need two top goalkeepers and a top young goalkeeper and this is what we have in this moment. David is David and Sergio is Sergio. Spain's national-team keeper and Argentina's national-team keeper.
"For me, it's amazing to have it. Everything went very smoothly during the season. Everyone was accepting my decisions and I'm really happy with both of them. I'm also very happy and, the next match, Joel is playing his first match in the Premier League. The kid also deserves this."
Mourinho went on to reveal virtually all of his squad news for the weekend during his press conference at St Mary's, after the draw with Southampton.
"I don't tell you," he initially insisted, but then added: "I will bring Mitchell, he was on the bench. [Scott] McTominay, he was on the bench. Of course, Axel [Tuanzebe]. Of course, Eric Bailly and [Matty] Willock will come too. Josh Harrop will come. Zachary [Dearnley] will come.
"Pogba will come because Paul is not training or playing since his dad passed away. I will put two or three of my boys rotating during the game, making some changes to save them, but I need to give a little structure of four or five of my boys to give some stability to the kids. I don't think, by themselves, they will be in [the right] conditions to play the game."
Nice one but I'd have thought that Gribbin will get a nod ahead of him, unless he is injured
Nice. Dearnley is a bit of a surprise. Havent really seen much of him as he always seems to be injured when I watch but the little I have I've liked him. Really happy to see Harrop mentioned. Love him.
Long term I don't hold much hope of him making it here but he's still young and has ability so anything can happen. Will be a great experience for him to be involved even if he doesn't get on the pitch.
Great news! Should be a good game on Sunday for the kids, hopefully some of them can impress Jose enough to earn a spot for pre-season
He could cause damage with his pace and directness. I hope Gribbin will be involved too but looks like his form recently didn't guarantee that.
I remember there were some issues with him, Gribbin and Williams contact two years ago but they all ended up signing a four year contract. Always been highly rated by the club.
DREAM SPELL FOR UNITED TEENAGER DEARNLEY
When Zak Dearnley sustained a serious hamstring injury in the first home Under-18 game of the season against Liverpool in August, little could he have imagined being on the bench for the final first-team Premier League match against Crystal Palace.
The 18-year-old was eased back into action and did not start a game for Kieran McKenna's side until 10 February, scoring for a third successive game at youth level. Nicky Butt named him on the bench for the Reserves at Arsenal and he came on with the Reds trailing 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium and helped earn a 2-2 draw.
A week later, Tottenham led the final Premier League 2 fixture at Old Trafford 2-1 when he replaced Callum Gribbin in the 65th minute and United turned things around with Josh Harrop completing his hat-trick in a 3-2 triumph. Jose Mourinho attended that game and ensured the whirlwind period for the teenager continued when selecting him as a substitute for the Palace clash, with one eye on the upcoming Europa League final against Ajax.
"Obviously, it was great," Dearnley recalled to ManUtd.com. "It’s been a bit of a stop-start season for me as I got injured in August but to be involved was great. Who would have thought with the season that I’ve had, to get the opportunity to be on the bench and to be in the changing room and see what the first team do? It was a great experience and a great day for me and my family.
"It was such a good thing to see the young players in the first team; our families are so proud of us and it was great. It was just such a good feeling to see us all involved and a great experience.
"I think what I learned most was how the senior players look after themselves and how mentally prepared they are for the games, which was quite interesting to see. Everyone is so focused on the game. To see the amount of work going in, it is so professional and so much goes into it. It was amazing to see that and be able to remember it, seeing how the likes of Wayne Rooney actually prepare for the games because it was great.
"It was good, us younger lads seeing the manager and all the stuff he does. It was nice even being in the same room as him and gave us all a good feeling."
Dearnley spoke in an engaging and mature manner about his injury lay-off and is clearly somebody who learns from the ups and downs experienced in a fledgling career.
"Last season [2015/16], I did the same injury," he said. "But that was only three months out. It was the second game of the season and it was horrible to get it again. But it’s made me better as a person and mentally stronger. I learned from my mistakes and I’m learning what things to do. I need to look after my body, keep eating the right foods and all that stuff comes into play.
"Once you’re back, that’s it. You learn what to eat and how to adapt yourself and hope you don’t get it again. So it’s more making sure, in your mind, you’re mentally prepared.
"I scored a few goals for the Under-18s and it was honestly just great to be back on the pitch, playing. I was playing football and doing well, getting my fitness levels back up and then, a few weeks ago, I played in the Reserves.
"Like I say, I’m trying to enjoy it and anything then was a bonus so playing under Nicky Butt is good and I never expected that. I expected to come back to play with the Under-18s for the rest of the season and I’m so glad Nicky gave me a chance. It is a massive step up and I was surprised. I must have been doing the right things in the Under-18s, though, to be given a chance and it was good to get involved."
For the young forward, having the taste of the big time at Old Trafford will only add further fuel to his desire to make his debut at some point in the future. There is always light at the end of the tunnel for any Academy product at United if the hard work and belief is maintained.
"I think, in the past years, you’ve seen youngsters make their debuts and go into the first team or go from the Under-18s into the Reserves," he added. "The young players are always progressing and going on to become involved.
"It’s good and it’s amazing as a young lad who supported United. All my family support them and most of my friends. It’s a weird feeling but a good feeling. I’ve been 10 years now in the Academy and I’ve gone from being in the Under-18s to not that far away now. Like Marcus [Rashford] has done and Axel [Tuanzebe] has done it. As a Reserves player or a youth player, it’s not that far away – it just depends on a number of things.
"That’s it [luck is one of them]. You have to have that bit of luck. You can’t do it without that. But you’ve got to go through dedication, mental strength, keeping on going from the Under-18s to the Reserves to the first team and just treating everything the same. It’s about doing everything right and working hard."
With the right mentality, the Manchester United mindset, Dearnley will hope to push on again when 2017/18 kicks off. Banking the knowledge gained from that involvement with the first team, he must be determined to sustain his progress once the summer break is over.
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Heard a lot of good stuff about Colin Little.
Will be nice to have a little more option up top this season with Bohui and Dearnley. Just seen too that Dearnley is actually a couple months too old for the Youth League. Wonder if he'll be 1 of the 3 overage players we pick to play in it.
We technically have about 10 players that we can pick for that 3 spots, including Fosu-Mensah, Poole, Kehinde, Williams, Gribbin, Warren, Buffonge, Hamilton, Whelan and Dearnley himself.
Oh that is quite a few. Hadn't actually thought about how many would be available for it. Bit of a tough choice, wonder who will be the 3 picked. If the idea is to keep that group together then you'd imagine it'll be 3 of the latter 5 there.
Finally a loan for him....to Oldham Athletic.
So 2 goals and 1 assist in 21 starts 6 sub as a striker/right winger at U23 PL2 Level gets you a loan move to a League Two side. Oldham must believe he's got something that he hasn't shown for United.
There was that spectacular goal that won the friendly against Greenock Morton in the autumn.
I keep seeing people bitching about the clubs we're loaning our players too and citing stuff like Reiss Nelson in Bundesliga as if shit players like Dearnley and Willock are in any way comparable to an actual talent. Or Joel too, that he should be going to a higher profile club despite failing to hold down the spot at Vitoria. They're going to weak teams because they aren't good players, nothing no loan officer will do about that.
I think he was surprised at how good the loan club is for a guy who hasn't shown much in reserve football tbf. In a way, these are the best kinds of loans for those clubs though as if they like him there's a good chance of getting him permanently.
Oh yea I was agreeing with him, guess I didn't really write that properly. He's a poor u23s player so a League Two is what you get. I've seen other people acting like we should be getting these guys loans to top clubs though. Like Willock should somehow have better clubs that Crawley looking for him. Somehow St. Johnstone being a step down for him despite him being shit there and being sent home early. Complaining Joel isn't moving to a high profile club despite not winning the spot at a mid-table Portuguese team. People seem to have this delusion now that every youth player should just be getting Bundesliga loans because Reiss Nelson did, who despite being great still doesn't even get to play regularly so it isn't even a ringing endorsement. Like people complaining on reddit that we need a loan manager, despite the fact we do, as if that is why these players are going out to weak teams and not the real fact which is they aren't good players.
Came on as a sub with the score 0-0, scored Oldham's 2nd goal in a 0-3 win at Crawley.
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