UNDER-21S

18/08/2008 12:58, Report by Steve Bartram

Strong Reserves side faces Blues

A strong United Reserves side has been named to face Chelsea in the first part of a pre-season double header on Monday evening.

Club captain Gary Neville and Ben Foster are the most experienced inclusions, while Darron Gibson and the da Silva twins also feature after their recent first team outings.

With Neville and David Gray likely to occupy the full-back berths, Reserves manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may deploy the Brazilians as wingers.

Richard Eckersley and James Chester reprise their central defensive partnership of last season, while Gibson and Danny Drinkwater will team up in the midfield engine room. Kiko Macheda leads the line upfront, with Sam Hewson in support.

Jimmy Derbyshire, Ron-Robert Zieler, Magnus Eikrem, Evandro Brandao, Cameron Stewart and Matt James have all been named on a six-man substitutes' bench.

Monday's game, which kicks off at 7pm and will be shown live on MUTV, is part of a double-header against the Blues, since both sides were originally scheduled to take part in the cancelled Champions Youth Cup in Malaysia.

United: Foster; Neville, Eckersley, Chester, Gray; Rafael, Gibson, Drinkwater, Fabio; Hewson, Macheda.
Substitutes: Derbyshire, Zieler, Eikrem, Brandao, Stewart, James.