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Date set for Chelsea Youth Cup clash

Posted by nickogs20 on November 15, 2008

ChelseaUnited’s FA Youth Cup Third Round tie with Chelsea has been scheduled for Thursday November 27th and will take place at Old Trafford.


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Headline writers rejoice – Burnley sign Chris Eagles

Posted by nickogs20 on July 30, 2008

‘The Eagles has landed’, ‘Eagles leaves the nest’, ‘Eagles flies north’… it’s a glorious day for sub-editors everywhere, and a huge day in the career of Chris Eagles. The 22 year-old midfielder has ended his 8 year association with Manchester United by signing for Burnley for a fee believed be in the region of £1.25m (+ add-ons).


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Young trio make the most of first-team bow

Posted by nickogs20 on July 27, 2008

As United’s pre-season preparations clicked up a gear with their 4-0 victory over Kaizer Chiefs, the part the current crop of youngsters on tour played didn’t go unnoticed by those watching, not least their manager Sir Alex Ferguson.


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News roundup – Winning start for Zieler; Trio turn pro; Burnley keen on Eagles; Mixed fortune for four seeking new clubs

Posted by nickogs20 on July 15, 2008

Few snippets of news from the past few days that you may (or indeed may not) have missed…

~ United’s sole representative at the U19 Euros got off to a winning start in Plzen this evening as Ron-Robert Zieler’s Germany side overcame the holders and favourites Spain 2-1 in their opening group match. Zieler was preferred to Energie Cottbus’ Tom Mickel in goal and had little to do as Spain laboured in attack. In contrast, the young Germans built a deserved 2-0 lead with goals early in each half from Richard Sukuta-Pasu and Ömer Toprak, and had enough in the tank to comfortably hold on even after Zieler was beaten by a Jordi Alba strike midway through the second period.

Germany’s shock win will have raised hopes of success in a tournament they have never won, and their next game is on Thursday evening against Bulgaria. News on that (and more specifically RRZ’s involvement) in due course.

Read the rest of this news roundup…

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McLeish plotting Old Trafford loan raid

Posted by nickogs20 on June 18, 2008

Alex McLeishBirmingham City boss Alex McLeish is facing up to a season in the Championship, and one of his first ports of call when looking for the players to get his side back into the top flight looks set to be his managerial mentor Sir Alex Ferguson. McLeish was a key player in Fergie’s successful Aberdeen side in the early 80’s and has hinted he’ll be looking to acquire some of his former boss’ most promising youngsters on a temporary basis to aid Birmingham’s promotion bid.

The former Rangers and Scotland manager told Sky Sports “I talk with Sir Alex now and again, including about the possibility of loan players when the time comes. The loan system is there and, with it being there, you’ve got to use it.”

Birmingham have taken a number of youngsters on loan from Arsenal in recent seasons, but it seems their attention may now be turning the Champions’ way. So which players are likely to crop up in conversation between the two Alex’s as potential loanees? I’m far from an expert on Birmingham’s player needs but defence and midfield look like the areas most in need of strengthening. Craig Cathcart’s disrupted campaign last year might make him a bit too much of a risk for a promotion-seeking Championship club but he’s a long shot, as fellow defenders James Chester and Richard Eckersley would be. Danny Simpson would probably be the most likely defensive candidate, but that would depend on our own transfer activity this summer.

It’s in the middle of the park where United probably have more players that would interest McLeish. Darron Gibson and Lee Martin are coming off Championship loan spells where they’ve shown promise but are still yet to fully prove themselves – this might be the opportunity. Chris Eagles comes into the equation for similar reasons. Don’t rule out someone like Sam Hewson or maybe even Rodrigo Possebon either – both are at that level where reserve football probably isn’t enough of a challenge any longer.

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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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A somewhat belated Player of the Month for April

Posted by nickogs20 on May 10, 2008

Chris EaglesWith various other matters to cover this has become more than a tad overdue, but it has been a case of getting round to making it official rather than having to excessively deliberate over my choice. That’s because for me, there was a clear standout player in April – Chris Eagles. Now granted, the reserves only played twice in April, but Eagles was comfortably man of the match in both games. In the Reds’ final MSC group game at Oldham it was Eagles’ smart finish that ended the home side’s stubborn resistance and he ran the show all evening, coming close with a freekick and having another goal ruled out for offside. Three days later he was the driving force again as United came from behind to overcome Bolton and reach the Lancashire Senior Cup final – it was his goal that levelled the tie after United had surprisingly gone behind. These two goals effectively confirmed Chris as the Reserves leading scorer for this campaign.

The midfielder’s form has been impressive all season really, which deserves plenty of credit. At 22 years old and having had a taste of first team football with United and – more extensively – on loan at Watford, Sheffield Wednesday and NEC Nijmegen, it would have been very easy for Eagles to consider himself ‘above’ reserve football and subsequently go through the motions, but that hasn’t been the case at all. He’s consistently shown this season that he’s far too good for this level but has also matched that with application, something that surely won’t have gone unnoticed by both Sir Alex Ferguson and (more importantly one suspects) potential future managers. Chris will surely move on this summer for the good of his own career, and the way he’s applied himself and performed at a consistently high level over the last 18 months for the reserves indicates that he should have a bright future, wherever that may lie.

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Reserves defeated by USA U20 side

Posted by nickogs20 on May 9, 2008

The USA U20 national team travelled to Carrington on Thursday to face the reserves in the second leg of their three-game tour of England, and faced a strong, relatively experienced United lineup warming up for Monday’s Manchester Senior Cup final. The tourists ran out 2-1 winners via a late Perica Marosevic goal, his second of the game – Chris Eagles had cancelled out the Chicago Fire forward’s opener midway through the second half.

No full match report as details are scarcer than a very scarce thing, but there’s a very American match report here, and we do know the United lineup was as follows:


Gray – Chester – Cathcart – Eckersley
Eagles – Cleverley – Possebon – Hewson – S Evans

Subs: Fagan (for Possebon 45), Barnes (for Evans 45), Evans (for Triallist 73)
Scorer: Eagles 72

Thanks to Mr. MUJAC on the redcafe youth/reserves forum for that lineup. No word on who the triallist was yet unfortunately, one to keep an eye on. That isn’t a mistake in the subs list – Séan Evans did come back on for the triallist after having been replaced by Michael Barnes at half-time. Interesting to see Barnes back after Shrewsbury chose not to sign him permanently – more on that (as promised in the last loan roundup) over the weekend.

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LSC: Bolton Wanderers Reserves 1 Manchester United Reserves 2

Posted by nickogs20 on April 25, 2008

United’s second string secured their place in another cup final after coming from behind to overcome a stubborn Bolton side who refused to buckle even when reduced to ten men early on. Defender James Sinclair saw red after just 17 minutes – Federico Macheda raced clear and bore down on goal only to be tripped by Sinclair, who gave the referee no option but to dismiss him. United’s subsequent freekick was wasted and instead it was Bolton who took the initiative, responding admirably to the setback of going a man down and taking the lead after 20 minutes through skipper Rob Sissons. Ron-Robert Zieler in the United goal was powerless to stop the midfielder’s crisp drive.

United were stung into action however and didn’t give the hosts the chance to settle into a rearguard effort. Just six minutes later Danny Drinkwater was on target with a great strike which Bolton keeper Brocklehurst did extremely well to keep out – unfortunately for him the in-form Chris Eagles was on hand to steer home the rebound and restore parity. Bolton’s best chance of a result had probably slipped through their fingers with such a quick response, and the Reds wasted little time capitalising further. Just after the half-hour mark David Gray found space down the right and fizzed across a peach of a centre which the predatory Macheda couldn’t miss.

That double salvo predictably saw Bolton heads drop and the prospect of them getting back on terms always looked a slim one. Drinkwater, Séan Evans and Danny Galbraith all spurned chances to rubber-stamp United’s passage into the final as the visitors controlled the remainder of the game, although Bolton – to their credit – kept going until the last and gave the Reds’ defence a few nervy moments late on. Those scares thankfully came to nothing and it’s United who progress to the Lancashire Senior Cup final to face either Liverpool or Accrington Stanley – date and venue as yet unknown.


Gray – Cathcart – Chester – Cleverley
Eagles – Hewson – Drinkwater – Possebon – S. Evans

Subs: Galbraith (for Eagles 61), James (for S. Evans 61), C. Evans, Eikrem, Amos

Scorers: Eagles 26, Macheda 32

Match reports are also available from both the United and Bolton official sites.

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MSC: Oldham Athletic Reserves 0 United Reserves 2

Posted by nickogs20 on April 22, 2008

United made it five from five in this season’s MSC group stage at Boundary Park, but were made to work for their win by a stubborn Oldham side who were only finally killed off by a late Ritchie Jones penalty. Chris Eagles had given United the lead on 34 minutes and the Reds spurned a number of chances to finish the game off before Tom Cleverley was felled in the Latics’ area in injury time and Jones duly converted.


Gray – Chester – Cathcart – Cleverley
Eagles – Jones – Possebon – Hewson – S. Evans

Subs: Bryan (for Welbeck 76), Fagan (for S. Evans 82), C. Evans, Galbraith.

Scorers: Eagles 34, Jones (pen) 90

You can read a full (albeit Oldham-slanted) report on the match here (i’ll have a link to the manutd.com match report as soon as it’s published), while MUTV will be showing the match in its entirety at 6pm tomorrow.

United are next in action on Thursday night when they face Bolton in a Lancashire Senior Cup semi-final at Leyland – more on that in the next couple of days. Bolton may also be the opposition in the final of the Manchester Senior Cup, but both they and Manchester City still have group fixtures to fulfil this month before the full details of that final can be confirmed.

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