United have stepped up preparations for the upcoming season by announcing that six young players have signed professional forms.
Of the six, five have graduated from our academy set up (Tyler Blackett (18), Pierluigi Gollina (17), Luke Hendrie (17) (son of former footballer, John), Tom Lawrence (18) and Luke McCullough (18)) while Reece James (18) (younger brother of recently sold Matty) joined after a successful trial.
Blackett, probably the most well known of the bunch, has been at the club since 2002, is capped at under 16 level for England and has even fought himself into contention for a place on the preseason tour with Sir Alex remarking to manutd.com “We’ll take a few of the young players – potentially including the likes of Tyler Blackett, Larnell Cole, Jesse Lingard and Michael Keane.”
Although primarily a central defender or left back, he also packs a wicked free kick as seen here in last seasons FA Youth cup triumph over Swansea http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vcYcbeZbtCc (2 mins 25 seconds in)
All six will be looking to make their mark this season, and RedMancunian.com will report on their progress from every game.