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Six youngsters sign professional contracts with United

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.

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By Sam

MUFC ST holder N2412. Sub Editor of RedMancunian.com - Follow the first team, home and away, and the reserves and youth teams. Edinburgh Uni graduate.

2 replies on “Six youngsters sign professional contracts with United”

Didn’t know that Blackett is in consideration for a place on the tour- could he appear to be the reason for Fergie’s reluctance to sign back up at left back?

Hmmm, as much as i think Blackett’s a great prospect, i think he’s still a few years away from the first team. Don’t think he’d be going on the tour if we didn’t have the Euros and Olympics problems to deal with but this is certainly his chance to shine in training with first team regulars, even if he doesn’t see any action on the pitch.

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