Manchester United F.C. Reserves and Academy

Manchester United Football Club Under-23s is the most senior of Manchester United's youth teams and the club's former reserve team. They play in the Premier League 2, the highest tier of the Professional Development League. The team is effectively Manchester United's second-string side, but is limited to three outfield players and one goalkeeper over the age of 23 per game following the introduction of new regulations from the 2016–17 season, an increase from the age of 21 which was introduced in 2012–13.

Manchester United F.C. Reserves and Academy
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Full nameManchester United Football Club Reserves and Academy
Nickname(s)The Red Devils, United
Founded1878, as Newton Heath Reserves
GroundLeigh Sports Village,
Leigh
Capacity12,000
Co-chairmenJoel and Avram Glazer
ManagerNeil Wood
LeaguePremier League 2
2018–196th (Division 2)
Current season

They were champions of the former Premier Reserve League five times (in 2002, 2005, 2006, 2010 and 2012) between its introduction in 1999 and its dissolution in 2012. The team also won the 2012–13 Professional U21 Development League 1 in its inaugural season, and again in 2015 and 2016. The team also participates in the regional Manchester Senior Cup and the Lancashire Senior Cup. From 2019–20 edition, they also participate in the nationwide EFL Trophy along with senior teams from levels 3 and 4 of the English football league system, as teams from levels 1 and 2 are restricted to players aged 21 and under.

The team's current manager is Neil Wood, who took over from Ricky Sbragia in 2019. Sbragia had been manager since 2017 and had also been manager for the reserves between 2002–2005. Sbragia had taken over from Nicky Butt, an academy graduate in the 1990s who played for United until 2004. Butt held the role on an interim basis for the 2016–17 season after Warren Joyce was appointed Wigan Athletic manager on 2 November 2016. Joyce, who took over from Ole Gunnar Solskjær as manager of the reserves in December 2010, was previously the manager of Royal Antwerp, Manchester United's feeder club in Belgium.

From November 2008 to August 2013, the team played its home matches at Moss Lane in Altrincham, the home of Altrincham F.C. For the 2013–14 Under-21 Premier League season, the team has played the majority of its home matches at Salford City Stadium in Barton-upon-Irwell.[1] Since 2014–15, the team play its home matches at Leigh Sports Village.[2] Rules set out by the Premier League state that at least three home league games per season must be played at the club's main stadium, Old Trafford.[3] In previous seasons, the team has played at the Victoria Stadium, the home of Northwich Victoria, and Ewen Fields, the home of Hyde United.[4]

Manchester United also has an Under-18s team that plays in the Premier League Under-18s Group 2 and the FA Youth Cup. The under-18s play their home games at the club's Trafford Training Centre in Carrington.

Under-23sEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 29 September 2020[5][6]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
30 GK   ENG Nathan Bishop
32 GK   ENG Paul Woolston
36 DF   ITA Luca Ercolani
41 DF   ENG Ethan Laird
47 MF   ESP Arnau Puigmal
49 FW   ENG D'Mani Mellor
54 MF   NIR Ethan Galbraith
55 DF   ENG Reece Devine
No. Pos. Nation Player
56 FW   SWE Anthony Elanga
60 GK   CZE Ondřej Mastný
61 MF   IRL Charlie McCann
62 MF   ENG Connor Stanley
68 DF   IRL Harvey Neville
72 MF   ENG Mark Helm
77 DF   POL Łukasz Bejger

On loanEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
45 GK   ENG Jacob Carney (at Brighouse Town until 30 June 2021)[7]
51 GK   CZE Matěj Kovář (at Swindon Town until 30 June 2021)[8]
52 DF   ENG Max Taylor (at Kidderminster Harriers until January 2021)[9]
57 MF   FRA Aliou Traoré (at Caen until 30 June 2021)[10]
No. Pos. Nation Player
58 DF   ENG Di'Shon Bernard (at Salford City until 1 January 2021)[11]
63 MF   WAL Dylan Levitt (at Charlton Athletic until 30 June 2021)[12]
73 MF   ENG Max Haygarth (at Brentford B until January 2021)[7]

Manager historyEdit

HonoursEdit

AcademyEdit

Manchester United F.C. Under-18s
 
Full nameManchester United Football Club Under-18s
Nickname(s)The Red Devils, United
Founded1878, as Newton Heath Reserves
GroundLeigh Sports Village
Leigh
Capacity12,000
Co-chairmenJoel and Avram Glazer
Head coachNeil Ryan
LeagueU18 Premier League
2018–194th (group stage)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Manchester United Academy was established in 1998, following the reorganisation of youth football in England, but has roots stretching all the way back to the 1930s with the establishment of the Manchester United Junior Athletic Club (MUJAC). and has been responsible for producing some of Manchester United's greatest ever players, including the club's top five all-time appearance makers, Ryan Giggs, Bobby Charlton, Bill Foulkes, Paul Scholes and Gary Neville, and the new wave of home-grown talents known as Fergie's Fledglings. The current academy is based at the club's Aon Training Complex, an 85-acre (340,000 m2) site in the Manchester suburb of Carrington.

The Manchester United youth team is statistically the most successful in English football, with nine players in the English football Hall of Fame (Duncan Edwards, Sir Bobby Charlton, George Best, Nobby Stiles, Mark Hughes, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, David Beckham and Johnny Giles). Manchester United also have the best FA Youth Cup record, winning on 10 occasions out of 14 final appearances.

The academy comprises age-group teams ranging from Under-9s up to the flagship Under-18s, who currently compete in Group C of the Premier Academy League and in the FA Youth Cup. The Under-16s and Under-18s typically play their academy league games at 11am on Saturday mornings at Carrington, while Youth Cup games are generally played at either Altrincham's Moss Lane ground (where the under-23s play their home games) or the club's 76,000-capacity Old Trafford home, in order to cater for the greater number of supporters these fixtures attract.

In 2007, Manchester United Under-18s won the Champions Youth Cup, intended to be an analogue to the FIFA Club World Cup for youth sides, beating Juventus 1–0 in the final in Malaysia. It was their first and only title, since the tournament was scrapped after only one edition.

Current Academy playersEdit

As of 19 November 2020[19]

Nat. Player Date of birth Position International caps Previous club Joined United
2nd Year Scholars
  Noam Emeran (2002-09-24) 24 September 2002 (age 18) FW Capped at Under-16 level Amiens July 2019
  William Fish (2003-02-17) 17 February 2003 (age 17) DF Capped at Under-17 level July 2019
  Johan Guadagno (2003-02-21) 21 February 2003 (age 17) GK Capped at Under-16 level IF Brommapojkarna August 2019[20]
  Björn Hardley (2002-12-19) 19 December 2002 (age 17) DF NAC Breda August 2019[21]
  Dillon Hoogewerf (2003-02-27) 27 February 2003 (age 17) FW Capped at Under-17 level Ajax August 2019[21]
  Iestyn Hughes (2002-10-31) 31 October 2002 (age 18) DF Capped at Under-19 level July 2019
  Zidane Iqbal (2003-04-27) 27 April 2003 (age 17) MF July 2019
  Dermot Mee (2002-11-20) 20 November 2002 (age 17) GK Capped at Under-19 level July 2019
  Hannibal Mejbri (2003-01-21) 21 January 2003 (age 17) MF Capped at Under-17 level Monaco September 2019
  Mateo Mejia (2003-02-14) 14 February 2003 (age 17) FW Real Zaragoza August 2019[20]
  Charlie Savage (2003-05-02) 2 May 2003 (age 17) MF Capped at Under-17 level July 2019
  Martin Svidersky (2002-10-04) 4 October 2002 (age 18) MF Capped at Under-17 level Tatran Prešov July 2019
  Charlie Wellens (2002-12-05) 5 December 2002 (age 17) MF July 2019
1st Year Scholars
  Rhys Bennett (2003-10-30) 30 October 2003 (age 17) DF July 2020
  Álvaro Fernández Carreras (2003-03-23) 23 March 2003 (age 17) DF Real Madrid September 2020
  Omari Forson (2004-07-20) 20 July 2004 (age 16) MF Capped at Under-16 level July 2020
  Alejandro Garnacho (2004-07-01) 1 July 2004 (age 16) FW Atlético Madrid October 2020
  Isak Hansen-Aarøen (2004-08-22) 22 August 2004 (age 16) MF Capped at Under-16 level Tromsø September 2020
  Joe Hugill (2003-10-19) 19 October 2003 (age 17) FW Sunderland July 2020
  Marc Jurado (2004-04-13) 13 April 2004 (age 16) DF Barcelona September 2020
  Willy Kambwala (2004-08-25) 25 August 2004 (age 16) DF Capped at Under-17 level Sochaux October 2020
  Oliver Kilner (2004-03-27) 27 March 2004 (age 16) DF July 2020
  Charlie McNeill (2003-09-09) 9 September 2003 (age 17) FW Capped at Under-16 level Manchester City October 2020
  Daniel Polakowski (2003-10-25) 25 October 2003 (age 17) GK July 2020
  Logan Pye (2003-10-26) 26 October 2003 (age 17) DF Capped at Under-16 level Sunderland July 2020
  Shola Shoretire (2004-02-02) 2 February 2004 (age 16) FW Capped at Under-16 level July 2020
  Radek Vitek (2003-10-24) 24 October 2003 (age 17) GK Capped at Under-17 level Sigma Olomouc July 2020

HonoursEdit

StaffEdit

  • Head of football development: John Murtough
  • Head of academy: Nick Cox
  • Head of academy coaching: Tony Whelan[25]
  • Under-23 manager: Neil Wood
  • Under-23 assistant manager:
  • Under-23 goalkeeping coach: Alan Fettis
  • Under-18 head coach: Neil Ryan[26]
  • Under-18 assistant head coach: Colin Little
  • Under-18 goalkeeping coach: Kevin Wolfe
  • Under-16 head coach: Tommy Martin
  • Under-14-16 head of player development: Travis Binnion
  • Under-12-14 head coach: Hasney Aljofree[27]
  • Under-12 head coach: Lee Unsworth[28]
  • Under-10 head coach: Eamon Mulvey
  • Academy doctor: Dr Tony Gill
  • Head of academy physiotherapy: Neil Hough[29]
  • Academy physiotherapists: Russ Hayes and Daniel Torpey

Notable youth team playersEdit

The following is a list of players who have played in the Manchester United youth team (U16–U18) and represented a country (not necessarily their country of birth) at full international level.[30] Players who are currently playing at Manchester United, or for another club on loan from Manchester United, are highlighted in bold.

Players of the YearEdit

Prior to 1990, a single award was presented to the best young player of that season. Between 1982 and 1985 this was the entitled "Young Player of the Year"; the award then became known as the "Denzil Haroun Young Player of the Year" between 1986 and 1989 in honour of Denzil Haroun, a former club director and brother-in-law of former club chairman Louis Edwards.

Since 1990, individual awards are made to the best player of the Academy and the Reserves. The "Young Player of the Year" is named in honour of Jimmy Murphy, Sir Matt Busby's long-time assistant manager, who died in 1989, and the best reserve is awarded the "Denzil Haroun Reserve Player of the Year".

Season Supporters Club
Young Player of the Year
1982–83 Norman Whiteside
1983–84 Mark Hughes
1984–85 Mark Hughes
Season Denzil Haroun
Young Player of the Year
1985–86 Simon Ratcliffe
1986–87 Gary Walsh
1987–88 Lee Martin
1988–89 Mark Robins
Season Jimmy Murphy
Young Player of the Year[32]
Denzil Haroun
Reserve Team Player of the Year[33]
1989–90 Lee Martin Mark Robins
1990–91 Ryan Giggs Jason Lydiate
1991–92 Ryan Giggs Brian Carey
1992–93 Paul Scholes Colin McKee
1993–94 Phil Neville Nicky Butt
1994–95 Terry Cooke Kevin Pilkington
1995–96 Ronnie Wallwork Michael Appleton
1996–97 John Curtis Michael Clegg
1997–98 Wes Brown Michael Twiss
1998–99 Wes Brown Mark Wilson
1999–2000 Bojan Djordjic Jonathan Greening
2000–01 Alan Tate Michael Stewart
2001–02 Paul Tierney John O'Shea
2002–03 Ben Collett Darren Fletcher
2003–04 Jonathan Spector David Jones
2004–05 Giuseppe Rossi Sylvan Ebanks-Blake
2005–06 Darron Gibson Giuseppe Rossi
2006–07[34] Craig Cathcart Kieran Lee
2007–08[35] Danny Welbeck Richard Eckersley
2008–09[36] Federico Macheda James Chester
2009–10 Will Keane[32] Ritchie De Laet[33]
2010–11 Ryan Tunnicliffe[37] Oliver Gill[38]
2011–12 Mats Møller Dæhli[39] Michael Keane[40]
2012–13 Ben Pearson[41] Adnan Januzaj[42]
2013–14 James Wilson[43] Saidy Janko[44]
2014–15 Axel Tuanzebe[45] Andreas Pereira[46]
2015–16 Marcus Rashford[47] Cameron Borthwick-Jackson[48]
2016–17 Angel Gomes[49] Axel Tuanzebe[50]
2017–18 Tahith Chong[51] Demetri Mitchell[52]
2018–19 Mason Greenwood[53] Tahith Chong[54]
2019–20 Anthony Elanga[55] James Garner[56]

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