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Reds to start Trophy trail next week

Tuesday 17 August 2021 10:56

Manchester United's Under-21s will open our Papa John's Trophy campaign at Lincoln City.

The Reds were drawn with the Red Imps, holders Sunderland and Bradford City in a tough group as the youngsters will pick up invaluable experience in front of crowds at league stadiums. 
U23s highlights: United 2 Leicester 2 Video

U23s highlights: United 2 Leicester 2

Late goals from Mellor and McNeill earned our Under-23s a point at home to Leicester...

The game at Sincil Bank will kick off at 19:00 BST next Tuesday and be covered by MUTV, although we await confirmation whether this will be live or with a highlights package.

Ticket details will be confirmed soon by the League One club.

Lincoln are managed by former United man Michael Appleton and are certain to provide stern opposition.

Neil Wood's side opened the Premier League 2 campaign with a 2-2 draw against Leicester City, thanks to a late equaliser by Charlie McNeill, and will relish the upcoming tests in this competition.

The dates for the Sunderland and Bradford games will be announced in due course.

Academy coaching update


Travis Binnion becomes Under-18s coach as part of some changes in the youth set-up.

"It's a great challenge this tournament," Wood told us. "The players love competing in this tournament.

“We've done really well in the last two years, just to qualify and to get into the knock-out stages, but have been unlucky. Tranmere beat us when we were leading and we were up against Accrington Stanley too but were a bit naive to lose that game.

“Hopefully, we can go and show what we can do. It'll be a real challenge to get anything out of the games but hopefully we'll do well and go a bit further than we have done in the past."