Pre-season plans for United Under-23s
Manchester United's Under-23s have arranged a series of friendlies for the close season, to prepare for the new Premier League 2 campaign.
The youngsters will have a new-look squad, as always, for the upcoming term with several players being promoted from the successful Under-18s squad of 2020/21.
Nick Cox, United's Head of Academy, revealed the plans for the group when we spoke to him recently, saying: “A training camp in Scotland provides a great opportunity to get the Professional Development Phase group bonded together ahead of the new season.
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“Pre-season is always an exciting time when everyone gets back together after the break. We’ll obviously have the new scholars with us as well and this is always a week they really enjoy.
“Building fitness in an excellent training environment, as well as playing a couple of behind closed-doors friendlies, before returning to Carrington will provide the ideal start to the new campaign.”Following the spell in Scotland, there is a chance to honour former coach Bert Whalley, with a plaque being unveiled by Bryan Robson before the contest with Stalybridge Celtic on 27 July.
Further behind-closed-doors friendlies against EFL first-team sides will take place before a trip to the Midlands on 6 August, when Kidderminster Harriers will provide the opposition.
Tickets for the Kidderminster game are available to purchase now from harriers.co.uk/tickets.
UNDER-23S PRE-SEASON FIXTURES
Tue 27 July: Stalybridge Celtic (A), Bower Fold, 19:45 BST
Fri 6 Aug: Kidderminster (A), Aggborough Stadium, 19:45 BST
Further fixtures will be announced in due course.