What a week for United's Academy players

Friday 01 July 2022 17:00

Manchester United's proud tradition of promoting young players was in evidence again this week, as many representatives of the club's Academy took part in Erik ten Hag's first few training sessions.

Although the group working with our new manager will naturally evolve, as more senior squad members return to the fold next week, the young Reds who have stepped up in the meantime can reflect on their part in an intriguing period at Carrington.

They have been among the first players to take on board Ten Hag's ideas and philosophies and that's an experience that can only stand them in good stead, whatever the immediate future may hold for them as the Dutchman decides who will travel to Thailand for the start of Tour 2022 this time next week.

Zidane Iqbal is among more than a dozen Academy players who have trained with Ten Hag this week.

Keen followers of our training galleries and videos will have spotted the number of names from our Academy has run well into double figures.

For example, defenders Di'Shon Bernard, Alvaro Fernandez, Will Fish, Bjorn Hardley and Ethan Laird have all been pictured mixing it with first-team counterparts such as Victor Lindelof, Luke Shaw and Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

Matej Kovar, meanwhile, has resumed working with senior United goalkeepers David De Gea and Tom Heaton, after returning from his loan spell with Burton Albion last season. 

As for midfielders, we've seen images of Ethan Galbraith, Zidane Iqbal, Charlie Savage and Charlie Wellens trading passes with Netherlands international Donny van de Beek.

The situation with the forwards is similar, as Noam Emeran and FA Youth Cup final goalscorer Alejandro Garnacho have been rubbing shoulders at the sharp end with Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho.

Not all of these experiences are new of course - it can be quite common for young players to sample first-team training during the season.

But every single session brings it with another chance to learn and develop, to hone skills and, this pre-season, to impress a new man at the helm in Ten Hag, as well as his eagle-eyed assistants Steve McClaren and Mitchell van der Gaag.

Be sure to keep your eye on ManUtd.com and the United App next week as we continue to bring you exclusive footage, photos and stories from Carrington in the build-up to Tour 2022.

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