United's youth sides go globetrotting

Wednesday 19 April 2023 10:26

Several of Manchester United's male youth teams have recently been partaking in schemes and tournaments across the globe, including trips to Florida, Malta and Spain.

The Under-17s squad is primarily made up of players 15 or 16 years old, and the club organised for them to play seven fixtures against MLS teams in the United States, as part of the MLS Generation Adidas Cup.

In addition to their own training, the Under-17s were able to observe other high-level athletes following similar regimes at the IMG Academy, putting in the work to better themselves on and off the pitch.

It wasn't all work, though, with the young Reds getting the chance to take in some incredible experiences during their downtime.

Days off included a visit to the training facility of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers NFL team, along with a tour of their home ground, Raymond James Stadium, among other pastimes.

In addition to the Under-17s' trip to Florida, more of our youth sides have recently taken part in tournaments in Europe.

For the Under-13s, the KHS Cup represented a great opportunity to play against sides in Malta. This experience not only helped our young players to develop their football skills, but also see sides of a different culture, outside of the UK.

This was similar to the trip our Under-14s went on, with the young Reds travelling to Costa Brava in Spain to partake in the Mediterranean International Cup.

These are only a selection of the brilliant opportunities that are afforded to our young players, as the Academy strives to help them develop on and off the pitch, and give them experiences they otherwise may not have had the chance to have, if it was not for their association with United.