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Will Keane – Jimmy Murphy Young Player of the Year

Posted by nickogs20 on May 4, 2010

It’s the night of the annual Manchester United Player of the Year Awards, and the first gong of the evening has gone to Will Keane, the Jimmy Murphy Young Player of the Year for 2009/2010.



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News: Heaton’s big chance; Fraizer’s big day; Ole’s assistant revealed

Posted by nickogs20 on May 24, 2008

Tom HeatonJust a few stories from the last couple of glorious days…

* As has been rumoured over the last week, Tom Heaton will spend next season on loan at Cardiff City (official site confirmation here). It’s a big chance for the England U21 stopper to make a name for himself and get regular competitive football, and will also allow Ron-Robert Zieler and Ben Amos to get more games for the reserves next year. You’ll note Dave Jones’ comments in that official site article about the relationship between the two clubs – word of Heaton’s loan move to Ninian Park first reached me about a week ago, with the talk being that Heaton and one other young reserve player (Chris Eagles thought to be the likely candidate) would join Cardiff on loan for next season as part of the deal to bring the Bluebirds’ 17 year old wonderkid Aaron Ramsey to United. First part of that has come true, we’ll have to wait and see about the rest.

* Tomorrow sees Wembley host what has been dubbed ‘the richest game in football’ – the Championship Playoff Final between Hull City and Bristol City. It will be the biggest game in the short career of United striker Fraizer Campbell, who has been a revelation this season for Hull. You can catch the game on Sky Sports from 3pm tomorrow – here’s hoping Fraizer can fire the Tigers into the Premier League.

* An interesting quote from this Guardian article about Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s promotion to reserve team manager that might go unnoticed by many in the midst of some typical Fergie comments:

“Solskjaer will run United’s reserve team next season alongside Warren Joyce, who is returning from a coaching role with Royal Antwerp, with Brian McClair becoming the full-time director of the club’s youth academy.”

The last part confirms what I speculated the other day when writing about Ole’s new role, while the first part would also appear to confirm Jimmy Ryan’s return to solely operating as Director of Youth Football. Warren Joyce seems a sensible choice (apologies for the rhyme) to assist Ole in his first management role – it will be interesting to see what implications this has for Antwerp and United’s continuing relationship with them.

Apologies for the paucity of updates these past few days, events in Moscow have rather dominated the week! Normal service should be resumed from now on.

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Solskjaer to take up the reserve reins

Posted by nickogs20 on May 20, 2008

Ole Gunnar SolskjaerWhile the focus of every United fan is on some trifling game in Russia tomorrow evening, Sir Alex’s pre-match press conference in Moscow offered one tantalising morsel of information about next season and the reserve setup. Quizzed on the coaching progress of the winning goalscorer in the Reds’ last European Cup Final, Fergie revealed that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will take the next step in his coaching career by managing the United reserve team next season.

Ole has spent his first season on the coaching staff working with the first team, specifically with the forwards. Taking the reins of the reserve side next season will be a key part of Ole’s development as a coach and his progress towards full coaching qualifications, and Sir Alex also thinks the experience will enable Ole to make a more informed decision about whether his future lies in coaching or management.

“A lot depends on Ole. If he wants to remain a coach, fine, he might want to someday become a manager which is fine with me also and it just shows you the ambition of him, but he is doing very well and we are very pleased.

“He has the right character, the right patience to be a coach and it is one of the qualities we forget with coaching is patience, and he has got that in abundance. He will do well.”

How Ole’s appointment as reserve team manager impacts the current reserve management team of Brian McClair and Jim Ryan is unknown as yet. McClair’s appointment as reserve manager was only meant to be a temporary measure following Rene Meulensteen’s departure in 2006, and I’d expect him to step aside and concentrate solely on his role as Academy Director. Ryan may well follow suit and devote all his time to his role as Director of Youth Football, although it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him remain in place to assist Solskjaer. Alternatively, another coach (perhaps the aforementioned Meulensteen) might be installed to help the Norwegian.

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Choccy in the Independent – ‘We won’t produce a group like Beckham, Butt and Scholes again’

Posted by nickogs20 on May 10, 2008

Just a heads-up – there’s an excellent article by Sam Wallace in tomorrow’s Independent (it’s available online here) on the state of the Academy system in this country, featuring an interview with United’s Academy Director Brian McClair. Very much worth a read if you have a spare couple of minutes, lots of interesting points raised.

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Reserve Preview – United look to preserve 100% MSC record at Oldham

Posted by nickogs20 on April 21, 2008

United’s second string are back in action tonight as they kick off a three week period which could see them finish the campaign with two trophies to show for their efforts this season.

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Choccy on the Denzil Haroun award nominees

Posted by nickogs20 on April 9, 2008

Reserves’ co-manager Brian McClair has explained the reasons behind his three chosen nominees for the Denzil Haroun Reserve Player of the Year award on the official website. Sam Hewson, Tom Cleverley and Richard Eckersley were announced as the nominees last week, all three being recognised not just for their ability but notably also for their professionalism, hard-work and consistency.

You can read the full interview with Choccy on manutd.com here.

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