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U18’s set for Canaries clash at Carrington

Posted by nickogs20 on August 29, 2008

United’s Academy side entertain their Norwich City counterparts at Carrington tomorrow morning in their first home game of the new season.

Paul McGuinness’ side will be looking to build on last week’s hard-fought draw away to West Ham in what is another inter-group fixture. The Canaries finished second-last in Group A last season but got their 08/09 campaign off to a spectacular start last weekend with a 5-2 hammering of Nottingham Forest, and their probable starting lineup includes five youngsters who have already signed professional contracts. Manager Ricky Martin (presumably not that Ricky Martin) can also call upon Welsh U19 winger Joshua Dawkin and Danish U17 midfielder Dario Dumic, both new scholars.

United’s squad should be essentially the same one that earned that creditable point in Romford last Saturday, although Ryan Tunnicliffe will be missing due to England Under-17 duty (Zeki Fryers is unavailable for the same reason). Scott Moffatt remains a long-term absentee with a serious knee injury while Joe Dudgeon is also likely to miss out, leaving McGuinness with limited defensive options. Last week’s back four comprised of four centre-backs (Brown, Wootton, Strickland and Gill) and Cameron Stewart is the only other recognised full-back available, but he has been more regularly used in an advanced wide midfield role of late, another area where the squad lacks depth.

There are slight doubts over Davide Petrucci and Federico Macheda, whose inclusion in the Italian U18 squad for a training camp starting this Sunday may preclude them from selection, but it is expected they will play before flying to Rome later on in the day.

United (from): Woods, Devlin; Brown, Strickland, Wootton, Gill, Stewart; James, Norwood, Petrucci, Curran, Brady; Macheda, King, Ajose, Brandão.

Kick-off tomorrow morning is at 11am and there’s full live coverage on MUTV.

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