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Zak Dearnley

Biography

A forward who had the thrill of scoring several times at Old Trafford and has also been on the bench for the first team.

The former England Schoolboys international has also been capped by his country at youth level and he enjoyed a real purple patch at the start of that year, netting in league wins over Blackburn Rovers and Manchester City. As he was still eligible for the Under-16s at the time, it displayed his potential and he must have been well pleased with a final tally of 15 appearances, seven substitute outings and four goals. Clever on the ball and able to beat his marker with his skill, he also showed flashes of his potential in his first year as a scholar. With a shortage of out-and-out attackers necessitating Dearnley to play in a more central advanced role than he was initially used to, he returned from an injury lay-off to show his quality. A series of fine performances for the Under-18s, finishing with six goals, led to involvement with Nicky Butt's Reserves. Coming off the bench to good effect against Arsenal and Tottenham, and affecting the game, a whirlwind spell was completed when he was called up to the senior squad and was among the substitutes for the final Premier League game of the season against Crystal Palace as Jose Mourinho prepared for the Europa League final with Ajax. It meant Dearnley ended the campaign on an incredible high, and he knuckled down to Under-23s football under Ricky Sbragia and became a regular at that level. He finished up with 19 appearances, 16 as a starter, and his one goal came at Old Trafford in a convincing 4-0 win over Sunderland

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  • Position

    Forward

  • Country

    England

  • Date of birth

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Zak Dearnley signs a new contract.

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Young forward Zak Dearnley has signed a new contract with the club.

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