Here are your Manchester United morning headlines for Friday, November 20.
Duo leave for Burnley
Manchester United youngsters Owen Dodgson and Calen Gallagher-Allison have both left the club’s academy to join Burnley.
The two players had been part of United’s under-18 squad and follow the likes of Michael Keane and Jimmy Dunne for swapping the club for the Clarets.
Burnley confirmed on their website : “Dodgson has featured for Steve Stone’s U23 side and Tony Philliskirk’s U18 side, can operate as a left-back and as a left-midfielder.
“And the Lancaster-born youngster scored for the U23s last week against Aston Villa, in the 2-2 draw at Leyland.
“Meanwhile, Gallagher-Allison has played the majority of the U18s’ Northern Premier League matches.
“And the Preston-born defender can play a central role or at left-back.”
Irwin identifies Telles qualities
Former United full-back Denis Irwin is optimistic Alex Telles has a chance to make a big impression in the first-team squad.
Telles is set to start for United in Saturday night’s encounter against West Bromwich Albion after recovering from Covid-19, while Luke Shaw misses out with an injury sustained in the victory at Everton.
“It’s an opportunity for him now, with the games coming up, to get his foot in there,” former left-back Irwin told United’s official website . “And sometimes it’s through lack of injuries that you manage to hold down the place of the left-back position.
“I mean, we haven’t seen him too much [from him] defensively wise, but the Premier League is a tough league and he’s a full-back, so he’ll have to be good defensively. But we’ve already seen his qualities going forward in that game in the 70 or so minutes he played.”
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United get their Premier League campaign back underway on Saturday when they welcome strugglers West Brom to Old Trafford.
The under-pressure Reds came from behind to beat Everton last time out thanks to Bruno Fernandes’ double and Edinson Cavani’s first goal for United.
The players are returning from the two-week international break, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be hoping to have as few injury and fitness concerns as possible among the stars coming back from international duty.
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Praise for Hannibal Mejbri despite loss
Hannibal Mejbri was singled out for praise by United coach Neil Wood after the under-21 side fell to a four-goal loss at Morecambe.
It was a tough result in the final group game of the Papa John’s Trophy, formerly the EFL Trophy, but former Monaco youth Mejbri – recognised as an upcoming star – earned praise from the boss.
“I think the scoreline flattered them a little bit, I felt we were the team who tried to dominate the game,” Wood, who normally manages the under-23s, told MEN Sport after the game, before adding: “We’re going to take the positives out of the way we’ve played. I though Hannibal was really good, started to dictate some of the play.”