Paul McShane.

Under-21s arrange second friendly

Monday 20 June 2022 13:00

Manchester United's Under-21s have added another date to the pre-season calendar, with Kidderminster Harriers lined up for a friendly.

The game against the National League North outfit will take place on Tuesday 26 July, kicking off at their Aggborough home at 19:00 BST.

Tickets are priced at £15 for adults and £10 for over-65s, students and fans aged between 16 and 21. These will increase by £3 each if purchased, in person, at the club's ticket office on matchday. Under 16s must pay £5 to attend.

This is the second fixture confirmed for our youngsters, with a trip to Altrincham already arranged for Saturday 30 July.

Academy coaching update


Travis Binnion is promoted, while Mark Dempsey leads the U23s and Justin Cochrane departs.

There will be a number of changes at this level next term, with Mark Dempsey and Paul McShane taking charge of the team for games, in the wake of Neil Wood's appointment as Salford City head coach.

Obviously, the squad is likely to look very different from last season with some promotions from the successful FA Youth-Cup winning team.

There was also an announcement last week about alterations to the Premier League 2 format.

It is becoming an Under-21 competition, rather than Under-23s, but clubs can use up to five overage outfield players and one overage goalkeeper. This now mirrors the age limit of the Papa John's Trophy, with the draw for the groups due to be held on Thursday.

United will be ball number six in the draw and placed in one of the following northern-section pools:

Group A: Harrogate Town, Hartlepool United, Morecambe.
Group B: Bolton Wanderers, Crewe Alexandra, Tranmere Rovers.
Group C: Port Vale, Shrewsbury Town, Stockport County.
Group D: Accrington Stanley, Rochdale, Salford City.
Group E: Barnsley, Doncaster Rovers, Lincoln City.
Group F: Derby County, Grimsby Town, Mansfield Town.
Group G: Barrow, Carlisle United, Fleetwood Town.
Group H: Bradford City, Burton Albion, Sheffield Wednesday.