Sbragia pleased with Academy players' progress
Manchester United Under-23s coach Ricky Sbragia felt there were signs of players making good progress through the Academy ranks in Monday night's Premier League International Cup tie against Reading.
“We’re disappointed in that we could have been a bit more clinical [in attack] and on the other side we just leaked a few goals, but I thought there were some really good performances tonight,”he told MUTV after the game.
“I thought Largie [Ramazani] was excellent in the first half,”said Sbragia.
“He played a full 90 minutes on Saturday [for the Under-18s] so we knew he was going to be tired, but it’s good experience for him.”
Like Ramazani, Aliou Traore also began an Under-23s game for the first time, while Di’Shon Bernard, Dylan Levitt and Brandon Williams made just their second starts in the side.
It was also a special night for Under-18 players Connor Stanley and Ethan Galbraith, who both came off the bench to make their first appearances for the older age group.
“I think that’s what the club’s all about,”said Sbragia.
“We talk about bringing young players in early and we do that, we do that very successfully. It’s good experience for them. It is a step up from the Under-18s to the 23s, there’s no doubt about it.
“It’s more physical as well, but I think they dealt with it well and there will be more opportunities.
“I think one of the things we do know is that the younger players get tired physically, but we expected that. We’re pleased with the performance.”
Next up for our Under-23 side is a home game against Norwich City in Premier League 2, with Sbragia's boys sitting sixth in the table on 25 points from 17 games. Friday night's fixture at Leigh Sports Village will be shown live on MUTV with kick-off at 19:00 GMT.
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