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Manchester United F.C. Under-23s
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-23s
Nickname(s) The Red Devils, United
Founded 1878, as Newton Heath Reserves
Ground Leigh Sports Village
Ground Capacity 12,000
Co-chairmen Joel and Avram Glazer
Manager Nicky Butt (interim)
League Premier League 2
2015–16 Professional U21 Development League 1, 1st
Website Club home page

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.

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 currently Nicky Butt, an academy graduate in the 1990s who played for United until 2004. Butt stood in for Warren Joyce on an interim basis when 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 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.[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.


Current squad[edit]

As of 2 February 2017.[5]

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

No. Position Player
34 England GK Dean Henderson
38 England DF Axel Tuanzebe
40 Portugal GK Joel Castro Pereira
41 Wales DF Regan Poole
42 England MF Matty Willock
43 England DF Cameron Borthwick-Jackson
45 Republic of Ireland GK Kieran O'Hara
No. Position Player
United States DF Matthew Olosunde
England DF Charlie Scott
England MF Joshua Harrop
Nigeria MF Tosin Kehinde
England MF Scott McTominay
England MF Devonte Redmond
England FW Demetri Mitchell

Out on loan[edit]

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

No. Position Player
49 England DF Joe Riley (at Sheffield United until 30 June 2017)[6]

Manager history[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-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 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]

As of 13 January 2017[11]

Nat. Player Date of birth Position International caps Previous club Joined United
2nd Year Scholars (players born between 1 September 1998 and 31 August 1999)
Belgium Indy Boonen (1999-01-04) 4 January 1999 (age 18) MF Capped at Under-17 level Genk September 2015
England DJ Buffonge (1998-11-07) 7 November 1998 (age 18) MF Fulham November 2015[12]
England Zachary Dearnley (1998-09-28) 28 September 1998 (age 18) MF Capped at Under-18 level[13] July 2015
England Kayne Diedrick-Roberts (1998-11-04) 4 November 1998 (age 18) FW Fulham July 2015
England Callum Gribbin (1998-12-18) 18 December 1998 (age 18) MF Capped at Under-17 level[14] July 2015
Scotland Ethan Hamilton (1998-10-18) 18 October 1998 (age 18) MF Capped at Under-19 level Hutchison Vale October 2014
England Jake Kenyon (1999-01-02) 2 January 1999 (age 18) MF July 2015
Democratic Republic of the Congo Faustin Makela (1999-06-01) 1 June 1999 (age 17) MF July 2015
Belgium Ilias Moutha-Sebtaoui (1999-04-01) 1 April 1999 (age 18) GK Capped at Under-16 level Standard Liège September 2015[15]
England Thomas Sang (1999-06-29) 29 June 1999 (age 17) DF September 2015[16]
England Tyrell Warren (1998-10-05) 5 October 1998 (age 18) DF July 2015
England Callum Whelan (1998-09-24) 24 September 1998 (age 18) MF July 2015
England Ro-Shaun Williams (1998-09-03) 3 September 1998 (age 18) DF Capped at Under-19 level[17] July 2015
1st Year Scholars (players born between 1 September 1999 and 31 August 2000)
England Aidan Barlow (2000-01-10) 10 January 2000 (age 17) MF July 2016
England Jake Barrett (1999-10-16) 16 October 1999 (age 17) DF July 2016
England Joshua Bohui (1999-03-03) 3 March 1999 (age 18) FW Capped at Under-17 level[18] Brentford August 2016
Switzerland Nishan Burkart (2000-01-31) 31 January 2000 (age 17) FW Capped at Under-16 level FC Zürich July 2016[19]
Netherlands Tahith Chong (1999-12-04) 4 December 1999 (age 17) FW Capped at Under-17 level[18] Feyenoord July 2016
England Max Dunne (2000-01-10) 10 January 2000 (age 17) DF July 2016
Italy Luca Ercolani (1999-11-25) 25 November 1999 (age 17) DF Capped at Under-16 level Forli July 2016
Slovakia Alex Fojticek (2000-03-03) 3 March 2000 (age 17) GK Capped at Under-17 level 1. FC Tatran Prešov August 2016[20]
England Angel Gomes (2000-08-31) 31 August 2000 (age 16) MF Capped at Under-16 level July 2016
England Max Johnstone (1998-08-18) 18 August 1998 (age 18) GK Fleetwood Town August 2016[20]
Republic of Ireland Lee O'Connor (2000-07-28) 28 July 2000 (age 16) MF Capped at Under-17 level Villa July 2016
England Harry Spratt (2000-01-28) 28 January 2000 (age 17) DF July 2016
England George Tanner (1999-11-16) 16 November 1999 (age 17) FW Capped at Under-17 level July 2016



  • Under-23 Interim Manager: Nicky Butt
  • Under-23 Assistant Manager: Tommy Martin
  • Head of Academy: Nicky Butt
  • Head of Academy Operations: Nick Cox
  • Academy Goalkeeping Coach: Alan Fettis
  • Academy Goalkeeping Coach (U9–U16): Jack Robinson
  • Under-18 Head Coach: Kieran McKenna
  • Under-18 Assistant Head Coach: John Cooke
  • Under-13–16 Head Coach: Colin Little
  • Under-11–12 Head Coach: Tony Whelan
  • Under-9–10 Head Coach: 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 played in the Manchester United youth team (U16–U18) and represented a country (not necessarily their country of birth) at full international level.[25] Players who are currently playing at Manchester United, or for another club on loan from Manchester United, are highlighted in bold.

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[26]
Denzil Haroun
Reserve Team Player of the Year[27]
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[28] Craig Cathcart Kieran Lee
2007–08[29] Danny Welbeck Richard Eckersley
2008–09[30] Federico Macheda James Chester
2009–10 Will Keane[26] Ritchie De Laet[27]
2010–11 Ryan Tunnicliffe[31] Oliver Gill[32]
2011–12 Mats Møller Dæhli[33] Michael Keane[34]
2012–13 Ben Pearson[35] Adnan Januzaj[36]
2013–14 James Wilson[37] Saidy Janko[38]
2014–15 Axel Tuanzebe[39] Andreas Pereira[40]
2015–16 Marcus Rashford[41] Cameron Borthwick-Jackson[42]


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