Manchester United might be slow in adding to their senior squad this summer, but they’ve managed to add some new faces to their successful under-18s squad, as the side look to defend the title they won last season.
The Red Devils have welcomed a former Manchester City full back, Reece Devine, who has joined the squad after being released from the City academy.
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Devine may only be 16-years-old, but the Manchester Evening News note he was snapped up by Nicky Butt after being allowed to leave Man City, and that United are pleased with their coup.
Ryan Neil’s squad have also seen Connor Stanley arrive – and the right winger is keen to get down to business with his new side, who of course enjoyed a huge amount of success last time out, and want to keep the momentum going.
One many who isn’t a huge fan of the United youngsters is Jose Mourinho, who blasted the under-23s after his side beat Real Madrid in a pre-season game, and noted they were of course relegated.
He was speaking about the chance to promote young players to his senior side, and said that the quality is much like Real Madrid – in the younger set ups, and that players of 16 and 17 are great, but not ready for the first team yet.
He said after the game: “The good young players are too young, we don’t have good players of 20, 21, like for example Real Madrid have, our good players are young, they are 16, 17.
“We are going to make good players from our youth team again when they grow older because I repeat, our under 23’s were relegated.”