Four things have been spotted in Manchester United training with Marcus Rashford and Phil Jones appointed to new roles
Main takeaway from Manchester United Monday’s training session featured eight current academy players who all got a precious chance to get a taste of top football.
United have reaffirmed the importance of academic football as part of their “Culture Reset” and all those involved in the recent training session have clear reason to dream of one day dreaming of a chance in the first team.
Mark Jurado, The site from Barcelona last year was the latest new face to be involved, and it certainly won’t be long before the 17-year-old is identified as a potential replacement for Aaron Wan-Bissaka in the right back.
Rashford’s comeback takes another step
Marcus Rashford He participated in training again while recovering from surgery and eyes to return to first-team action in the coming weeks.
The England international scored twice for United in a friendly against Blackburn last week and appears eager to move on ahead of the trip to Leicester this weekend.
It might be best to facilitate his return to action after a long spell on the sidelines, but his impending comeback is a huge boost to a United team that already looks a bit predictable in attack this season.
United duo enjoying Greenwood’s guidance
Two of the most exciting youngsters who took part in training were striker duo Charlie McNeil and Joe Huggell, United’s top scorers in academia last season.
The young couple has a healthy rivalry as they look to outdo each other on a weekly basis, and their long-term goal will undoubtedly be to fight for a big role on the team.
Both McNeil and Hoegel have impressed the United coaches since their arrival last year, and in first-team star Mason Greenwood, they have the perfect role model – someone who broke into the Premier League at roughly the same age.
Jones is ready for the team role
It looks like United could be without defensive duo Raphael Varane and Harry Maguire this weekend, a major setback ahead of a tough test against a strong attacking side.
Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof would be the two most likely options to go in and replace star signings, but there could also be a chance for Phil Jones to be included in the Premier League fixture line-up.
Jones, 29, has worked so hard to get back into the competition, and even if he doesn’t play this weekend, he deserves a place on the bench.