Man United youngsters Guillermo Varela, Nick Powell, Regan Poole and James Weir were present at Carrington Road this morning.
The call-ups ahead of Man United’s Champions League clash against PSV tomorrow night have been necessitated by injuries to the likes of Michael Carrick, Ander Herrera, Antonio Valencia, and Bastian Schweinsteiger.
Their participation in the session alongside established stars such as Juan Mata and Wayne Rooney was revealed by Rob Dawson of Manchester Evening News.
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Getting to know the youngsters:
Guillermo Varela – the right-back spent last season on loan at Real Madrid’s reserve team ‘Real Madrid Castilla’, who’s ex-players include Esteban Cambiasso, Juan Mata, Álvaro Negredo and Roberto Soldado.
The legendary Zinedine Zidane voiced his approval of the 22-year-old in December 2014, saying: “I asked to see him and loved him. Luckily we could add him to Real Madrid, where I see a huge future.”
Nick Powell – The Englishman made his comeback from a huge injury lay-off for the Man United under-21s against Norwich last night.
The 21-year-old joined Man United from Crewe in a deal worth up to £6million in July 2012, but has yet to make an impact on the first team.
Regan Poole – The Welsh teenager plays as a centre-back, and is Newport County’s youngest-ever player after making his debut aged just 16 and 94 days, and currently represents Wales’ Under-17 side.
He also employs some strange training methods.
James Weir – An attacking midfielder, Weir recently spoke on how he hopes to learn from the similarly placed Juan Mata:
“I’ve been mainly on the left this year but I can come in off the flank and play as a false winger, if you like, which is quite popular in the modern game. I can also still play as a central midfielder who can make runs forward and hopefully get back as well. I can play that narrow left-winger role and do a job for the team while also scoring some goals.”
It was suggested Juan Mata perhaps performs a similar role for the senior side, albeit on the opposite flank, and Weir appreciates he can learn from watching the Spaniard and other United stars.
“It’s similar,” he said. “He cuts inside and gets goals and good assists. I’m hoping I can do the same. Juan is a quality player so I can watch him in games and even in training with them. You learn different things from observing what they do.”