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Manchester United F.C. Under-21s
The words "Manchester" and "United" surround a pennant featuring a ship in full sail and a devil holding a trident.
Full name Manchester United Football Club Under-21s
Nickname(s) The Red Devils, United
Founded 1878, as Newton Heath Reserves
Ground Salford City Stadium
Barton-upon-Irwell
Ground Capacity 12,000
Co-chairmen Joel & Avram Glazer
Manager Warren Joyce (Under-21s)
Paul McGuinness (Under-18s)
League Professional Development League 1
2012–13 Winners
A red shirt with a black collar. White shorts. Black socks with a red and white band.
Home colours
A midnight blue and black chequered gingham shirt. Midnight blue shorts. Midnight blues socks with a black and white band.
Away colours
A white shirt with red trim on the collar and sleeves. Tonal black chequered gingham shorts. White socks with black tops and red trim.
Third colours

Manchester United Football Club Under-21s is the most senior of Manchester United's youth teams and the club's former reserve team. They play in League 1 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 21 per game following the introduction of new regulations from the 2012–13 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. The team also participates in the Manchester Senior Cup and the Lancashire Senior Cup.

The team's manager is Warren Joyce, who took over from Ole Gunnar Solskjær as manager of the reserves in December 2010, after spending two years as Solskjær's assistant. Joyce 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. Starting from the 2013-14 Under 21 Premier League season, the side will play the majority of its home matches at Salford City Stadium in Barton-upon-Irwell.[1] In previous seasons, the team has played at the Victoria Stadium, the home of Northwich Victoria, and Ewen Fields, the home of Hyde.[2]

Manchester United also has an Under-18s team, managed by Paul McGuinness, 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 Aon Training Complex in Carrington.

Under-21s[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 28 March 2014.[3][4]

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

No. Position Player
47 England FW James Wilson
Italy GK Pierluigi Gollini
Wales DF Declan Dalley
England DF Reece James
Scotland DF Donald Love
England DF Louis Rowley
No. Position Player
Northern Ireland MF Paddy McNair
England MF Ben Pearson
England MF Joe Rothwell
England MF Jack Rudge
England MF James Weir

On loan[edit]

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

No. Position Player
35 England MF Jesse Lingard (at Brighton & Hove Albion until 31 May 2014)[5]
36 Belgium MF Marnick Vermijl (on loan to NEC until 30 June 2014)[6]
38 England DF Michael Keane (at Blackburn Rovers until 31 May 2014)[7]
39 England DF Tom Thorpe (on loan to Birmingham City until 30 June 2014)[8]
42 England DF Tyler Blackett (on loan to Birmingham City until 30 June 2014)[9]
45 Italy MF Davide Petrucci (on loan to Charlton Athletic until 30 June 2014)[10]
48 England FW Will Keane (on loan to Queens Park Rangers until 30 June 2014)[11]
No. Position Player
50 England GK Sam Johnstone (at Doncaster Rovers until 31 May 2014)[12]
51 England GK Jonny Sutherland (on work experience with Stafford Rangers)[13]
England DF Liam Grimshaw (on loan to Morecambe until 30 June 2014)[14]
Belgium MF Charni Ekangamene (on loan to Carlisle United until 30 June 2014)[15]
Republic of Ireland FW Sam Byrne (on loan to Carlisle United until 30 June 2014)[15]
Wales FW Tom Lawrence (on loan to Yeovil Town until 30 April 2014)[16]
England FW Jack Barmby (on loan to Hartlepool United until 30 June 2014)[17]

UEFA Youth League squad[edit]

As of 23 October 2013.[18]

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

No. Position Player
1 Italy GK Pierluigi Gollini
2 England MF James Weir
3 England DF Louis Rowley
4 Northern Ireland MF Paddy McNair
5 England DF Liam Grimshaw
6 England MF Ben Pearson
7 Republic of Ireland FW Sam Byrne
8 England MF Joe Rothwell
9 England FW James Wilson
10 Switzerland DF Saidy Janko
No. Position Player
11 Belgium MF Andreas Pereira
12 England MF Sean Goss
13 Portugal GK Joel Castro
14 England FW Ashley Fletcher
15 England MF Joshua Harrop
16 England DF Callum Evans
17 England MF Matthew Willock
18 Cyprus DF Nicholas Ioannou
19 England DF Benjamin Barber
20 England GK Kieran O'Hara

Manager history[edit]

Honours[edit]

Academy[edit]

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-21s 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.

Paul McGuinness is the head coach of the under-18s academy side. He was in charge of the side that won the 2011 FA Youth Cup after beating Sheffield United 6–3 on aggregate.

In 2007, Manchester United Under-18s were the inaugural winners of the Champions Youth Cup, intended to be a Club World Championship for youth sides, beating Juventus 1–0 in the final in Malaysia.

Current Academy players[edit]

Nat. Player Date of birth Position International caps Previous club Joined United
Young Professionals
England Jack Barmby (1994-11-14) 14 November 1994 (age 19) FW Capped at Under-19 level Hull City July 2008[22]
Republic of Ireland Sam Byrne (1995-07-23) 23 July 1995 (age 18) FW Capped at Under-19 level St. Joseph's July 2011
Italy Pierluigi Gollini (1995-03-18) 18 March 1995 (age 19) GK Capped at Under-19 level Fiorentina March 2012
England Liam Grimshaw (1995-02-02) 2 February 1995 (age 19) DF Capped at Under-18 level July 2002
Scotland Donald Love (1994-12-02) 2 December 1994 (age 19) DF Capped at Under-19 level July 2002
England Ben Pearson (1995-01-04) 4 January 1995 (age 19) MF Capped at Under-19 level July 2004
England Joe Rothwell (1995-01-11) 11 January 1995 (age 19) MF Capped at Under-19 level July 2001
England Jack Rudge (1994-11-15) 15 November 1994 (age 19) MF July 2001
England James Weir (1995-08-04) 4 August 1995 (age 18) MF Capped at Under-19 level Preston North End July 2008
3rd Year Scholars (players born between 1 September 1994 and 31 August 1995)
Wales Declan Dalley (1995-01-07) 7 January 1995 (age 19) DF Capper at Under-19 level Cardiff City July 2011
Northern Ireland Paddy McNair (1995-04-27) 27 April 1995 (age 18) MF Capped at Under-21 level Ballyclare Colts July 2011
England Louis Rowley (1995-04-21) 21 April 1995 (age 19) DF Walsall April 2011
England Jonny Sutherland (1994-09-03) 3 September 1994 (age 19) GK Capped at Under-19 level Crewe Alexandra July 2011
2nd Year Scholars (players born between 1 September 1995 and 31 August 1996)
England Ben Barber (1995-09-08) 8 September 1995 (age 18) DF July 2012
England Callum Evans (1995-10-11) 11 October 1995 (age 18) MF July 2012
England Ashley Fletcher (1995-10-02) 2 October 1995 (age 18) FW July 2012
England Sean Goss (1995-10-01) 1 October 1995 (age 18) MF Exeter City July 2012
England Josh Harrop (1995-12-15) 15 December 1995 (age 18) MF July 2012
Cyprus Nicolas Ioannou (1995-11-10) 10 November 1995 (age 18) DF Capped at Under-19 level July 2012
Switzerland Saidy Janko (1995-10-22) 22 October 1995 (age 18) DF Capped at Under-19 level FC Zürich September 2013
Republic of Ireland Ryan McConnell (1995-10-03) 3 October 1995 (age 18) DF Capped at Under-19 level July 2012
England Kieran O'Hara (1996-04-22) 22 April 1996 (age 17) GK July 2012
Belgium Andreas Pereira (1996-01-01) 1 January 1996 (age 18) MF Capped at Under-17 level PSV Eindhoven January 2012
Portugal Joel Castro Pereira (1996-06-28) 28 June 1996 (age 17) GK Capped at Under-19 level Neuchâtel Xamax July 2012
England Matthew Willock (1996-08-20) 20 August 1996 (age 17) MF Reading July 2012
England James Wilson (1995-12-01) 1 December 1995 (age 18) FW Capped at Under-19 level July 2012
1st Year Scholars (players born between 1 September 1996 and 31 August 1997)
England Cameron Borthwick-Jackson (1997-02-02) 2 February 1997 (age 17) DF Capped at Under-17 level July 2013
Northern Ireland Ruairi Croskery (1996-12-20) 20 December 1996 (age 17) FW Capped at Under-16 level July 2013
England George Dorrington (1997-06-17) 17 June 1997 (age 16) GK Bristol City July 2013
England Dean Henderson (1997-03-12) 12 March 1997 (age 17) GK Capped at Under-17 level Carlisle United July 2013
Scotland Scott McTominay (1996-12-08) 8 December 1996 (age 17) MF Capped at Under-18 level July 2013
England Demetri Mitchell (1997-01-11) 11 January 1997 (age 17) MF Capped at Under-17 level July 2013
England Ollie Rathbone (1996-10-10) 10 October 1996 (age 17) MF July 2013
England Devonte Redmond (1996-09-19) 19 September 1996 (age 17) FW July 2013
England Joe Riley (1996-12-06) 6 December 1996 (age 17) MF July 2013
Northern Ireland Jordan Thompson (1997-01-03) 3 January 1997 (age 17) MF Capped at Under-17 level July 2013

Honours[edit]

Staff[edit]

  • Director of Academy Football: Scotland Brian McClair
  • Under-21 Team Manager: England Warren Joyce
  • Assistant Under-21 Team Manager & Under-19s Head Coach: England Nicky Butt[26]
  • Under-19s Assistant Head Coach: England Paul Scholes
  • Under-21 Goalkeeping Coach: Northern Ireland Alan Fettis
  • Assistant Academy Director for 17–21-year-olds & Under-18s Head Coach: England Paul McGuinness
  • Assistant Academy Director for 9–16-year-olds & Under-11–12s Head Coach: England Tony Whelan
  • Under-13–16s Head Coach: England Chris Casper
  • Under-9–10s Head Coach: Northern Ireland Eamon Mulvey
  • Academy Doctor: Dr Tony Gill
  • Senior Academy Physiotherapist: Mandy Johnson
  • Academy Physiotherapists: John Davin and Richard Merron

Notable former youth team players[edit]

The following is a list of players who have represented a country (not necessarily their country of birth) at full international level.[27]

Players of the Year[edit]

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[28]
Denzil Haroun
Reserve Team Player of the Year[29]
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[30] Craig Cathcart Kieran Lee
2007–08[31] Danny Welbeck Richard Eckersley
2008–09[32] Federico Macheda James Chester
2009–10 Will Keane[28] Ritchie De Laet[29]
2010–11 Ryan Tunnicliffe[33] Oliver Gill[34]
2011–12 Mats Møller Dæhli[35] Michael Keane[36]
2012–13 Ben Pearson[37] Adnan Januzaj[38]

References[edit]

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