UNDER-21S

23/07/2008 08:42, Report by Steve Bartram

Reds arrange Blues double

United’s Reserves have organised three extra friendlies in readiness for the new campaign, including a double header against Chelsea’s second string.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side will face their southern counterparts in Northwich, before travelling to the Blues’ Cobham training ground for a return match eight days later.

The Reds will also squeeze in a runout against Northwich Victoria at the Marston's Arena, after the friendly against Oxford United and the Lancashire Senior Cup final against Liverpool.

The Reds' second string have made a promising start to the pre-season preparations. Solskjaer's first match at the helm ended with a 3-1 victory at Burscough, and United were 3-0 up in last weekend's friendly at Altrincham when it was abandoned four minutes before full-time.

Solskjaer will hope the glut of games can help his young charges improve their fitness and sharpness ahead of the Barclays Premier Reserve League (north) opener against Blackburn Rovers on September 18.

Pre-season schedule

Saturday 26 July
Oxford United v United
Kassam Stadium, KO 3pm

Lancashire Senior Cup Final
Wednesday 30 July
Liverpool v United
County Ground, KO 7:45pm

Thursday 7 August
United v Northwich Victoria
Marston's Arena, KO 7:45pm

Monday 18 August
Manchester United v Chelsea
Marston's Arena, KO 7pm

Tuesday 26 August
Chelsea v Manchester United
Cobham, KO 3pm