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Gibson signs on as Ecks checks out

Posted by nickogs20 on July 15, 2009

Today was a day of contract resolution – and things only went half United’s way. Sir Alex Ferguson’s delight at Darron Gibson putting pen to paper on a new three-year contract was tempered by the news that Richard Eckersley had turned down the club’s offer of a new deal and instead exercised his right to move, as a free agent, to Premier League new boys Burnley.


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Poll Reminder

Posted by nickogs20 on June 3, 2009

Just a quick nudge to anyone who hasn’t voted in either of our ongoing polls, as we seek your views ahead of United Youth’s end of season awards. We covered the Academy Player of the Year poll in an article last week, and loads of you have voted – we’ll be taking that one down in the course of the next day or so, so anyone who hasn’t should do so pronto. In addition, we’ve also got a poll running over in the right-hand sidebar for the Reserve Player of the Year – same drill, we want to know who you think has been the outstanding performer for Ole Solskjaer’s reserve side in 2008/09, and to help, we’ve listed 7 who we think are deserving of your attentions:

James Chester
The official Denzil Haroun Reserve Player of the Year this season, James captained the side in the first half of the campaign and had a productive loan spell at Peterborough before injury cut short his season.

Tom Cleverley
A nominee for the Denzil Haroun award, Tom started the season in terrific goalscoring form for the Reds before translating that into an impressive loan spell at League One champions Leicester City.

Corry Evans
Captain after Chester’s loan departure, the 18 year-old Ulsterman was a rock at the heart of defence despite being a midfielder by trade, and has forced his way into the full Northern Ireland squad.

Fábio da Silva
Injury and the presence of Patrice Evra has prevented Fábio from making the same impact at first team level as his twin, but anyone who’s seen him for the reserves this season will know he’s capable.

Kiko Macheda
Top-scorer with 10 goals in 18 games, including a sensational hattrick against Newcastle at St James’ Park. We all know what happened in the ensuing fortnight…

Lee Martin
Returned from a disappointing loan spell at Forest with his tail between his legs back in January but has been a revelation for the second string since then in an unfamiliar central role.

Rodrigo Possebon
The Brazilian-turned-Italian’s pre/early-season form under OGS saw him force his way into the first-team picture, although his much-publicised injury against Boro in the Carling Cup set him back significantly.

You don’t have to vote for one of those if someone else has caught your eye however – the ‘Other’ box is there for you to identify another player, as some have done already with the likes of Matt James and Danny Welbeck. We’ll keep this poll running for another couple of days, and we should have another one up alongside it very soon – the all-important Overall Young Player of the Year award, where those who have caught the eye in academy and reserve action will battle it out with first-team starlets like Jonny Evans and Rafael da Silva for recognition as the most impressive young player at the club this past season.

Thanks to all those who have voted so far.

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Time to have your say…

Posted by nickogs20 on May 28, 2009

So that’s it… 2008/09 is in the history books. A great season for the reserve and academy sides at United, and indeed for young players at the club in general, with many making the step up to the first team and playing their part in another successful campaign. Over the next few weeks we’ll be reviewing the season here at United Youth in a number of ways and dishing out the inevitable awards, and on that latter point, we want your input.

On the sidebar to the right, you’ll notice a poll where you can vote for your academy player of the season, so… er, please do! Bear in mind that this award is for achievement and contributions with the Under-18 side, so while, say, Danny Welbeck has been academy eligible, almost all of his good work this season has been with the reserves or the first team, so he probably wouldn’t come into contention. You can still vote for him of course – we have picked out seven standout performers, but the ‘Other’ option is there for you to vote for anyone you like.

A quick word or two on our seven standouts:

Nicky Ajose
Top scorer for the U18s with 10 goals in just 17 starts.

Joe Dudgeon
Mr Consistency at left-back all year.

Matty James
Fantastic first half of the campaign saw him pick up six goals before being promoted to the reserves full-time.

Kiko Macheda
Made a major name for himself with his first-team exploits, but also found the net 8 times in 13 starts for the academy in the first half of the season.

Oliver Norwood
Played in 28 of a possible 29 games and scored nine goals from midfield. Inherited the captain’s armband from James.

Davide Petrucci
An extremely promising first season at the club, with 5 goals in 13 starts before injury cut his campaign short.

Scott Wootton
Only missed two games all season, a key part of one of the stingiest defences in academy football.

We’ll give you a few days to vote before running the next of the handful of polls we have lined up, and the results will be revealed along with our own awards in a few weeks time.

On a general note, thanks to everyone for reading the site all season, for contributing comments and for providing info, it’s all greatly appreciated and makes the effort worthwhile. As ever, any feedback, suggestions or comments are welcomed, be they about things you want to see covered or things we’ve covered already.

Obviously the close season gives everyone a chance to take a breather, and updates will naturally be more sporadic, but we’ll be continuing to cover everything relevant, from transfers to friendly announcements to international commitments, so keep checking back and you’ll not miss a thing. Summer means holidays, so there will be periods where we can’t update for a few days at a time, so please bear with us – we’ll endeavour to catch up with anything and everything that occurs while we’re away.

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United XI to face Kendal Town in post-season friendly

Posted by nickogs20 on May 1, 2009

A Manchester United XI will make the trip north to Cumbria to face Unibond Premier side Kendal Town in a friendly on Saturday May 9th.


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United Youth on Twitter

Posted by nickogs20 on April 4, 2009

Just a quick update on what will hopefully prove to be a useful addition to the site. United Youth is now up and running on Twitter, which will allow me to provide live updates on matches (especially useful for those without access to MUTV, or for games that aren’t televised at all) and real-time news updates, as well as other uses I’m sure we’ll stumble upon in due course.

The latest five ‘tweets’ will be displayed at the top of the sidebar on your right, but you can view the full stream of tweets by visiting our twitter page (the title of the twitter section of the sidebar is also a link). Those of you who already have Twitter accounts (or anyone else who may sign up for one) can also follow us.

We’ll kick-off with live updates from tomorrow’s Academy League game against Middlesbrough at Carrington, which kicks off at midday. Hopefully this service will be of use to people – as with anything on the blog, please don’t hesitate to give feedback via the comments sections (or indeed now in the form of @replies on twitter).

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Support Red News

Posted by nickogs20 on November 1, 2008

Red News

Sorry to come over all Bob “Give us all yer money!” Geldof on you readers, but if you can spare a minute or two to read this and maybe do something to help that would be much appreciated. Red News is United’s oldest fanzine and the news service they provide over at the website is absolutely unrivalled on the internet. In these difficult economic times, sales of what is an excellent and constantly-improving fanzine are down and unfortunately the thousands of hits on the site aren’t translating into fanzine sales/subscriptions, forum memberships or merchandise sales.

In short, people are – quite naturally when something is offered for free – taking without giving anything back, and that, combined with the sales slump that is hitting all fanzines, is combining to put the future of the site and fanzine at risk. To lose either or both would be a massive (city-sized) shame for all United fans – this is where (I hope) you guys and United fans all over the net come in.

There are numerous way you can help Red News:
– Buy current and past issues from the website or at the match – for the price of a pint you can get the latest, all-colour issue of Red News, full of the sort of content you can’t just find anywhere else on the net. The latest issue for example, out today, features an exclusive interview with Sir Alex Ferguson that you will not see anywhere else. You can see a taster of what you’ve been missing out on (if indeed you have) over on the website.
– Take out a subscription – £30 for a full season’s worth of the above, an absolute bargain.
– Sign up for VIP membership of the forums – £10 for a year’s membership of one of the best United message boards on the net.
– Purchase something from the Red News shop – we’re into November, Christmas is just around the corner – if anyone is wanting to know what to get you as a gift this year, point them in the direction of the RN Shop where they can’t really go wrong with the quality books and t-shirts available.

Put simply, by doing any of the above you’ll not just be helping out an institution within the United community but you’ll be bagging yourself a terrific read and/or some fantastic clobber. Even if you’re not convinced, take a couple of minutes to have a look at the RN site, have a look at the free taster edition of the mag, browse around the shop, it’ll be well worth your time.

Cheers for reading – if I’m preaching to the converted then sorry for wasting your time, if I’m not then you can thank me later!

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United Youth Forum @ Republik of Mancunia

Posted by nickogs20 on August 29, 2008

Here at United Youth, we’re firmly of the view that there is nowhere near as much discussion about or interest in goings-on below first-team level at United as there really should be. Scott over at The Republik of Mancunia is of the same mind, and so…. the United Youth forum over on the RoM Messageboards is born.

The general idea is to get more people from there reading the articles on here, and more of the readers from here discussing those articles over there. If that makes sense. We certainly don’t want to discourage anyone from using the comments function here to leave their views on the articles we write (indeed, the more the merrier), but there is little doubt that a messageboard environment is more conducive to serious and prolonged discussion, which is what both parties are hoping for.

You can find the RoM United Youth forum here.

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Photos from Moss Lane

Posted by nickogs20 on July 21, 2008

Just a quick note to say our photos from Saturday’s game at Altrincham are now available here.

You can also see (and purchase if you so wish) photos from the game here.

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A little site update

Posted by nickogs20 on May 17, 2008

Seeing as there seems to be a steady little readership building I thought it was time for a little heads-up on what to expect from this place over the summer months and leading into next season. With the reserve and academy seasons effectively at an end, news is likely to be a little more sparse for a couple of months – I intend to fully round-up the season in a manner of ways over the next few weeks (season reviews, player evaluation, awards etc) and of course there’ll be the usual updates on signings, departures and so on, but it’s fair to say it’ll probably be in dribs and drabs.

The good news is that this should give me plenty of time to add content to the site. Hopefully this will include (but not be limited to) profiles for all reserve and academy players, statistics/results from past seasons (in similar form to this seasons, in a bid to get something of an archive going) and a wealth of information on the history of United’s reserve/youth setup and the players to come through it. If there’s anything anyone reading would particularly like to see then leave a comment and I’ll see what can be done.

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