Neil Ryan watches on from the sidelines.

United confirm Academy intake for 2019/20

Manchester United have confirmed the intake of first-year scholars for the club's Under-18s squad in 2019/20.

As is always the case in July, the elder members of last year's group move into the Under-23s with the previous campaign's Under-16s stepping up to take their place.

Head coach Neil Ryan will have a host of options for the new term and worked with the boys at a training camp in Austria, which concluded at the weekend.

Two of the new faces share the same first name and are also both midfielders - Charlie Savage and Charlie Wellens. Wellens is from Salford and there is more local representation in the shape of Manchester-born Zidane Iqbal and central defender Will Fish.

The other Englishmen in the group are defenders Owen Dodgson and Calen Gallagher-Allison. Goalkeeper Dermot Mee was born in Birmingham but plays for Northern Ireland at Under-17 level. 

Iestyn Hughes, who broke into the Under-18s side at the end of last season at full-back, hails from Wales and forward Ayodeji Sotona was born in Waterford, in the Republic of Ireland.

There have been other additions from overseas - Slovakian midfielder Martin Svidersky and French forward Noam Emeran.

Iestyn Hughes and Zidane Iqbal before the friendly with Birmingham.
Iestyn Hughes and Zidane Iqbal before the Under-17s friendly at the end of last season against Birmingham City.

More arrivals to the squad are due to be announced at a later date, once international clearance is received.

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