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"With a number of big names unavailable, the experience in itself will prove vital for the second-string talents but each individual will have the desire to show they belong in such exalted company."

- Adam Marshall, ManUtd.com

(Photo: Robbie Brady and Scott Wootton at the airport on Monday)

16/07/2012 08:29, Report by Adam Marshall
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Blog: Opportunity knocks

Adam Marshall runs the rule over the United squad flying out to South Africa...

Several names included in the party for the DHL tour will be unfamiliar to those who only follow the first team but there will be a sense of pride among fans who regularly watch the Reserves.

Progress through the ranks at Old Trafford is difficult, to say the least, but one glance at the 22-man squad proves that the chance has arrived for some of the club's talented youngsters. With a number of big names unavailable, the experience in itself will prove vital for the second-string talents but each individual will have the desire to show they belong in such exalted company.

Sam Johnstone is one of the three keepers, fresh from England Under-19 action, while a shortage of numbers at the back means Rio Ferdinand is the only first-teamer among the five defenders included. Marnick Vermijl was a regular in the all-conquering Reserves and is a reliable right-back while Scott Wootton will hope for a centre-back slot after returning from loans with Peterborough and Nottingham Forest.

Frederic Veseli had few opportunities after arriving from Manchester City on deadline day in January but makes the trip and Tyler Blackett was still a mainstay of the Under-18 side last term but is promoted ahead of what is likely to be a first full season in Warren Joyce's side. Of course, Antonio Valencia and Michael Carrick have been moved into defence in the past and are other options but there should be plenty of opportunity for the four young defenders to impress.

In midfield, many will be heartened by the inclusion of Italian Davide Petrucci. Last season's Reserves skipper has yearned for this opportunity since signing from Roma's youth team but injury problems severely hampered his progress. With an impressive full campaign under his belt, he is one who will be desperate to grab this chance with both hands. Ryan Tunnicliffe is another who really understands what it means to wear the red of Manchester United and has the passion and tenacity in his game that endears himself to supporters.

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