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Formerly known as Max Dunne, his name was changed to Max Taylor from February 2019.
A Mancunian centre-back who was born 10 days into the new millennium, he joined the club in 2014 following a successful trial. He was the only Manchester-born player in the intake of eight players for 2016, although Aidan Barlow hails from nearby Salford. The defender made his Reserves debut ahead of schedule, when coming off the bench in the final seconds of the draw with Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium before returning to fight for a place in the Under-18s side. He finished the 2016/17 campaign with 12 starts for the Under-18s. Dunne continued to progress in the following campaign, making 17 appearances in all competitions. The youngster formed part of the defence that won the Under-18 Premier League North trophy. A step up into the Under-23s squad followed, but he required cancer treatment during the 2018/19 season. Everyone at the club continues to provide the utmost support in his rehabilitation and he returned to training for the first time in September 2019, as an important step in the resumption of his career. His first appearance since surgery came as a substitute in the Under-23s' win at Swansea City in October and he also got to come off the bench at Old Trafford (he'd been an unused sub there in the past) when Sunderland's second string were defeated 3-0 a month later. Taylor flew to Kazakhstan as part of the squad for United's match against FC Astana in the UEFA Europa League in November 2019, although he was an unused substitute during the Reds' 2-1 defeat.