Yorke working with United Under-23s

Friday 25 September 2020 14:00

Manchester United legend Dwight Yorke has been working with the club's Under-23s and will attend Friday night's live MUTV encounter with Liverpool.

The Treble hero, top scorer in that incredible 1998/99 season, is gaining some coaching experience over the next two weeks, with a view to hopefully obtaining a managerial post in the near future.

By passing on some of his expertise to lead coach Neil Wood's group, it is clearly a win-win situation for both parties.

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United are privileged to be able to accommodate visits from former players during the season, with Patrice Evra another Old Trafford great who has spent time with the youngsters.

Quinton Fortune, of course, recently worked as assistant to Wood before joining Reading, while Nicky Butt spends a lot of time working with the boys, in his role as head of first-team development.

Yorke will appreciate more than most that a game with Liverpool at any level is one to relish, he scored against them in the 2-2 Premier League draw at Anfield in 1999 and the famous FA Cup victory in the same year, equalising late on before Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's dramatic winner.

United will face a real challenge in Premier League 2, following promotion last term, with a number of key players moved out on loan to further their development. It means Wood is working with a youthful squad, as shown by the fact that 16-year-old Shola Shoretire came off the bench to make his Under-23s debut in the opener against Leicester City.

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Friday's game at Leigh Sports Village, which kicks off at 19:00 BST, should provide another real test for the team, with the match against Liverpool being shown live in full on MUTV.

There will be another chance to gain valuable experience in the EFL Trophy on Tuesday (19:45 BST), when Rochdale provide the opposition at the Crown Oil Arena, following our 6-0 win at Salford City in the opening group fixture.

Meanwhile, the game away to Blackburn Rovers in Premier League has been moved from Monday 5 October to Friday 2 October with a 14:00 BST kick-off.

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