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James Thompson


Talented goalkeeper who will be hoping to push for the Under-18s' first-team slot.

Thompson had already been on the bench for Kieran McKenna's side as a schoolboy, being named as a substitute for the first time for the win over Norwich in April. He hails from Warrington, the same town in the North-West that produced first-team star Jesse Lingard, and was a regular in the squad - being named on the bench 18 times as McKenna's team won the Premier League North. With Matej Kovar and Alex Fojticek moving up to the Under-23s, this could be his time to shine.

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Phil Thompson says

"I would start rallying the troops for this game the minute the previous match had finished. It meant that much to me. Nothing matches the passion and fire surrounding this one."'s Gemma Thompson says

"We were all waiting to see how United responded after Saturday's loss and there was never any doubt in my mind that we'd respond well. A professional and solid display, and exactly the boost we needed."