United players at Derby.

Who are the young Reds on the training camp?

Monday 19 July 2021 14:48

Manchester United have 19 homegrown players in our training squad down in Surrey, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer continues to take a close look at our Academy talent.

United kicked off the pre-season campaign with a 2-1 win at Derby County and our next outing is on Saturday against QPR, with the match live on MUTV like all of the friendlies.

It means more opportunities to impress in the coming week during the camp as the Reds put in the hard yards before the 2021/22 season gets under way next month.

Di'Shon Bernard came on around the hour mark at Derby County.

Of course, some of our homegrown players have become established already. Tom Heaton made his first appearance since re-signing from Aston Villa, while Axel Tuanzebe, Brandon Williams, Jesse Lingard, Andreas Pereira and Mason Greenwood have plenty of senior experience behind them.

Scott McTominay is another in this bracket and he has linked up with the boys again following his exertions with Scotland at Euro 2020.

So here's a quick guide to the homegrown youngsters keen to make their mark this month...


Defender with experience of being part of Chelsea and United's highly rated Academies, who played the last half an hour at Derby. The 20-year-old showed his adaptability by playing in a variety of defensive roles during a successful season-long loan at Salford City. The Londoner made his United debut as a starter in Astana and, as a consistent and reliable performer for the Under-23s, it was clear he was ready for men's football.


Our first goalscorer of the pre-season campaign took his opportunity well when it came along in the first half at Pride Park. The Netherlands Under-21 international operated on the right wing and got loan moves at Werder Bremen and Club Brugge under his belt in 2020/21. Next time around, he will spend the campaign with Championship side Birmingham City and Blues boss Lee Bowyer has already pledged to return the 21-year-old as a better player.


Exciting Sweden Under-21 international who will not have wanted last season to end. The son of former Cameroon defender Joseph appears to have grown stronger in the close season and his exceptional pace makes him an obvious threat. United looked to use him as an outlet at the weekend and, of course, he already has a Premier League goal to his name following the header at Wolves on the final day. 

Watch Tahith Chong's goal – the first of our pre-season campaign.


Local lad who has come through the ranks and managed to get off the bench late in the win over Wolves on the final day of the last Premier League season. The central defender made more appearances than anybody else (21) for the Under-23s in 2020/21 and, at 18, he is accumulating a lot of experience. A calm influence at the heart of the back four, he has captained the team at various age levels.


Full Northern Ireland international who turned 20 in May. A neat midfielder who has shown his versatility in the past couple of seasons, coming off the bench to perform at right-back at Pride Park and doing well. In addition to his senior debut in Astana in 2019, he appeared in the only pre-season friendly last year, against Aston Villa, and is believed to have plenty of loan suitors.


After enjoying a superb second half of the season at Nottingham Forest, the 20-year-old started in midfield on Sunday and will have appreciated the responsibility. An old head on young shoulders, he has a good range of passing and is diligent defensively. He also obtained experience at Watford in 2019/20 and will be looking to push on and add to his seven first-team outings for the Reds.


Now a fully fledged international after pledging his allegiance to Tunisia, the Denzil Haroun Under-23s Player of the Year made his senior bow at Wolves in May. A silky midfield playmaker who oozes personality when in possession, the ex-Monaco man has worked hard on other aspects of his game. As he only returned to training on Friday, he was a late substitute at Derby but will hope for more minutes as the pre-season progresses.

Joe Hugill made his maiden appearance for the Reds' first team on Sunday.


Former Sunderland striker who was promoted to the Under-23s for much of last season, despite not turning 18 until October. A centre-forward who works hard and runs the channels, causing problems for defenders with his movement and eye for goal. He ended up with 10 strikes in 11 starts (plus seven outings as a substitute) in Neil Wood's side and smashed six in six for the Under-18s. The run-out against Derby was his first experience of senior football, although he has appeared in the Papa John's Trophy.


Giant Czech Republic keeper with good presence between the sticks. He travelled as part of the squad to Derby but was not named on the bench, and is part of the training camp. After returning from a loan at Swindon Town, where the 21-year-old made 21 appearances, he rejoined the Under-23s and did not take long to show the form that had made him first choice at that level. 


Wales international who got off the bench in his country's Euro 2020 match with eventual winners Italy. A clever midfield operator with a keen eye for a pass, the 20-year-old had loan spells with Charlton Athletic and Croatian side Istra last term. He started in a midfield double pivot with his pal James Garner at Derby, as was the case in the European game at Astana in 2019 –  a special moment for a pair who have come all the way up together from the very young age groups.

Teden Mengi challenges for a high ball at Pride Park.


Although he only turned 19 in April, the centre-back is a powerful presence and composed on the ball. The weekend clash was a chance to come up against the team where he spent his first loan last term, and Rams boss Wayne Rooney reiterated afterwards that he remains an admirer of the defender. A former captain of the youth side, he has leadership and organisational qualities and is eager to learn more.


The reigning Jimmy Murphy Young Player of the Year is still eligible for the Under-18s but already has a full season with the Under-23s under his belt. The Newcastle-born forward made his Premier League debut against the Magpies at Old Trafford and is another to have got a taste again in the Molineux finale. By providing the assist for Facundo Pellistri's goal, he has already made a positive impression as he continues to appear well ahead of schedule in terms of his progress.

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