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Ethan Galbraith looks to start an attack in training.

Youngsters set for Celtic friendly

Manchester United’s Under-18s have a prestigious friendly on Saturday, when facing Celtic to kick off the SuperCup:NI tournament in Northern Ireland.

The game starts at 17:00 BST and is the latest part of the pre-season preparation for the boys, who have been away in Austria at a training camp, with the possibility of a couple of older players who have just moved into the Under-23s also being involved.

Last year, the Reds played in a similar fixture, beating Northern Ireland 1-0 thanks to a goal by Nishan Burkart. Midfielder Ethan Galbraith missed the match in his homeland in 2017 but is relishing the prospect of turning out for the Reds, following a stunning end to last season.

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“It’s very special for me, coming from Belfast, to be playing for Manchester United,” he told MUTV. “It’s unbelievable. I’m looking forward to it as, last year, I didn’t get to play due to international clearance not being available.

”So I wasn’t allowed to play but I’m really looking forward to being in front of a home crowd. It’s a big game and, obviously, Celtic have a lot of supporters in Belfast as well so there should be a huge crowd at the match.

”I didn’t want last season to end,“ he admitted. ”I wanted to keep going and going. But I can build on it and hopefully do the same things this season. Being a second-year, I’ll look to push on.

”It’s about being in with a new group but half the team is still from last year. We’re bringing in the new boys and hopefully will do well. I think the team’s very strong. We had a very strong side last season too but I think we can build on that this year.”

Celtic look set to field an Under-19s team at Coleraine Showgrounds before the main tournament gets under way next week with United entering a team in the junior section of the event.

United's youngsters paying attention in Austria.
United's Under-18s paying attention during the Austrian training camp.