Hannibal.

Under-23s friendlies revealed

Manchester United's Under-23s have an extensive pre-season campaign to prepare for their season in the Premier League 2 top flight, with the friendlies being played behind closed doors.

Due to the recent lockdown measures in the area, spectators are strictly not allowed to attend in order to preserve the safety for everybody in the local community.

MUTV will show highlights of some of the matches at a later date.

The young Reds, whose promotion was ratified last week, will obtain some great experience against various senior sides and a couple of Under-23s fixtures have also been included in the schedule.

Although it has yet to be confirmed, there is a hope the team can compete in the Leasing.com (EFL) Trophy again in 2020/21 after a thoroughly enjoyable and rewarding first run in the competition last time around.

“It’s going to be a hard pre-season,” Wood told us. “Last year, we had the experience of the EFL Trophy and it looks likely that we could be part of that again. I wanted the lads to experience some first-team friendlies this year before we even made that tournament because they are challenging in themselves. We’ve got games lined up against the likes of Salford, Doncaster, Macclesfield and Swindon.

“So there are going to be some tough games, considering we’re of such a young age. It’s going to be hard for them but there is some talent there and that can really start to shine through.

“We played Swindon last year and we know how they want to play football. We know they’re not going to turn up and try to boot us off the pitch and injure some of the younger lads, especially as we have a very young squad. We want to have that first-team opposition but also would like to have opposition who try to play football and not try to outpower us or be a battle because we’re not going to win them at this stage. ”

Charlie Wellens.
Charlie Wellens could come up against his father Richie's Swindon team.

PRE-SEASON FIXTURES

Wed 12 Aug: v. Salford City
Tue 18 Aug: v. Swindon Town
Sat 22 Aug: v. Morecambe
Tue 25 Aug: v. Stoke City U23s
Fri 28 Aug: v. Macclesfield Town (Postponed)
Tue 1 Sep: v. Doncaster Rovers
Sat 5 Sep: v. Everton U23s

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