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Neil Ryan takes charge of United's Under-18s

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Manchester United is delighted to announce that Neil Ryan is the club’s new Under-18s coach, following Kieran McKenna’s promotion to the first-team coaching staff.

Ryan will look to build on the success of last season, when United won the Under-18 Premier League North title, and to continue the club’s tradition of developing players for the first-team squad.
Neil Ryan makes his point in training.
Neil Ryan has previously been in charge of the club's Under-16s.
Neil Ryan said:
 
“I’ve grown up with Manchester United all my life and it’s an absolute honour and privilege to be here coaching the youth team. It’s my job, and the responsibility of all the coaches in the Academy, to develop young players in the way that is expected at our club.

“The Under-18 team made great strides last season and although there will be some big challenges ahead, I can’t wait to get the new season started.”

Nicky Butt, Head of Academy, said:

“Neil has been coaching at United full-time for 11 years now, so he has earned this opportunity. He has moved up through the ranks and I think he is very good at what he does.
Neil Ryan with Colin Little and Nicky Butt.
Neil Ryan in discussion with Colin Little and Nicky Butt.
“He is coming into a very good set-up, as he will be assisted by the same staff that worked with Kieran McKenna last season, in Colin Little, Charlie Owen and Kevin Wolfe. 

“The aim of this club is to develop the players and get them as close to the first team as possible and we believe that Neil’s appointment will help us continue that tradition.”

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