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Manchester United Sign Five Youngsters From Premier League Side

Josh Lawless

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Manchester United Sign Five Youngsters From Premier League Side

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The transfer window may be shut, but Manchester United have added five new players to their ranks.

No, they aren't first teamers, but the Red Devils have signed a quintet of young players from newly-promoted Huddersfield Town.

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Last month news broke that the Terriers, who are currently in eighth place after an impressive start to life in the Premier League, had scrapped youth teams below Under 16 level in what is a huge downgrade for the club's academy.

According to the Examiner, Huddersfield, now a Category 4 academy, are said to have had interest from a number of leading English clubs in their released youngsters, and United have swooped in to bag five of the most talented.

Jack Gaughan from the Daily Mail says that following a series of trial games, the five players put pen to paper this week and now have the option to continue their education in Yorkshire, or to move to Ashton-on-Mersey School in Sale. The academy is only a 10-minutes drive from United's Carrington training complex.

United's recruitment at academy level has changed dramatically since former player Nicky Butt came into the position. Image: PA

As per Blake Welton from the Examiner, the trial process for the Huddersfield youngsters at United last two weeks and comprised of behind-closed-doors friendlies.

While there's no word on which players have signed with the 20-time English league title winners, it's believed that Rocco Fragapane, Raj Mahmood Harvey Rowe and Sam Murray were four of 15 young players all invited to the trials.

Whoever the players are that United's academy boss Nicky Butt has snapped up, Huddersfield will not receive a penny because of their decision to only keep their Under 18 and Under 23 squads active.

The other big United-related news is that Paul Pogba will not be returning anytime soon.

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Pogba was injured in United's opening game of the Champions League against Basel and hasn't featured since, with Mourinho now viewing his injury as "long-term".

Speaking ahead of his team's game with Crystal Palace at the weekend Jose Mourinho grouped the Frenchman in with ACL injury sufferers Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo, saying:

"Paul Pogba's injured he cannot play tomorrow and his injury I cannot have hope like Jones or Valencia who I can see in training and hope for positive answer.

"So don't speak about long term injury - Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba, Marcos Rojo - I don't speak about them."


Topics: Huddersfield Town, Manchester United

Josh Lawless
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