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COACH : Paul McGuinness

** please be noted that most of the RESERVE PLAYERS are playing for the ACADEMY as well.. so the details here are the additional members of the team..


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Nick Ajose



Name : Nick Ajose
Birthdate : 07 October 1991
Nationality : English
Position : Forward


Nick - or Nicky - Ajose is a highly-regarded attacking talent hailing from Bury in Greater Manchester.

He can play up front or out wide, and most important likes to beat defenders and score, or create, goals.

"Nicky has been with us in the Academy for a long time," says U18s coach Paul McGuinness.

"He is a very exciting player and has the ability to beat defenders with his pace or skill."

Speed is clearly a big part of Nicky's game and makes him a real attacking threat for the Reds.

"He is very quick whether

he is running with or without the ball," adds Paul.

"Nicky can make things happen in and around the goal. He’s creative and is capable of making or scoring goals."


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Robert Brady



Name : Robert Brady
Birthdate : 14 January 1992
Nationality : Republic of Ireland
Position : Winger


Dublin-born Robert Brady is a talented and tricky young winger.

He first appeared in the Reds’ Under-18s as a schoolboy towards the end of the 2007/08 campaign.

Brady is highly rated in his home country as well as at Old Trafford.

“Robert is an exciting player,” says Under-18s coach Paul McGuinness. “He’s very quick and he is a good all-round player.”

Brady is a versatile player, able to play wide on the left or in-field.

“Robert can play in either position,” adds Paul. “He is good in the air and he can make

goals and score them. He has good pace which allows him to recover well, getting back into position to win the ball back.”


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Evandro Brandao



Name :Evandro Brandao
Birthdate : 07 May 1991
Nationality : Angolan born PORTUGUESE
Position : Striker

Portuguese striker Evandro Brandao was on Walsall’s books before joining for United. He signed Academy scholarship forms in July 2007 as he moved into the Reds’ Under-18s squad.

A powerful striker, U18s coach Paul McGuinness describes Evandro as an “out-and-out forward with plenty of pace”.

“Evandro came to us late from Walsall, which is obviously a different environment from Manchester United, but we hope he’ll develop rapidly,” added McGuinness.

“He’s essentially in his first full year with us, so once he settles, I’m sure he’ll do really well.”


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Reece Brown



Name : Reece Brown
Birthdate : 01 November 1991
Nationality : English
Position : Defender


Reece Brown is a tall, physically strong and very powerful central defender.

The younger brother of Wes, Reece has a very similar style of play to his older sibling.

“Reece will obviously forever be saddled with the tag of being Wes Brown’s younger brother,” said McGuinness, United’s Under-18s boss.

“When people see Reece, they see a striking resemblance, both in terms of looks and style of play. He has the same sort of attributes.

“He’s good in the air, quick and he’s a big lad. Reece has settled in nicely.

“He’s been at the club since a very young age, but the start he has made to his professional career has been really good. He has concentrated right from the start, which is a feature we really wanted him to look at.”


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CHRIS CURRAN



Name : Chris Curran
Birthdate : 05 January 1991
Nationality : Northern Irish
Position : Midfielder


Born in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, Chris is an out-and-out winger with plenty of pace and the ability to take on defenders.

Hard-working, he’s also prepared to track back and help the team out defensively.

“He came to us fairly late,” says Paul McGuinness, United’s Under-18s coach. “He’s a specialist winger and he has the ability to beat defenders, ride tackles and get crosses in.

“One of Chris’ assets is that he’s also prepared to stick to his defensive duties, getting back in and putting a foot in if needed.”


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Conor Devlin



Name : Conor Devlin
Birthdate : 23 September 1991
Nationality : Northern Irish
Position : Goalkeeper


Belfast-born Conor Devlin is an agile young goalkeeper who has played at youth international level for Northern Ireland.

“Conor is a good young goalkeeper,” says Paul McGuinness, United’s Under-18s boss.

“We took Conor over to the Milk Cup tournament in Northern Ireland in July and he did very well for us.

“He’s an Irish youth international goalkeeper and he has impressed us so far. He reads the game well and he is ready to be part of the team and the back five.”


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Joe Dudgeon



Name : Joe Dudgeon
Birthdate : 26 November 1990
Nationality : English
Position : Defender


Leeds-born Joe is a brave central defender with a strong and determined character.

He has worked his way through United’s youth ranks from a young age and is a valued member of the squad.

Paul McGuinness, United’s youth team coach, says of Joe: “He’s been with us a long time. He shows great bravery in his play, he’s a good tackler and an intelligent player – he reads the game really well.

“He gives 100 per cent in matches, but he also raises the standard every day in training because he plays full out. That’s a big asset.”


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Oliver Gill



Name : Oliver Gill
Birthdate : 15 September 1990
Nationality : English
Position : Defender


A tall and commanding central defender, Oliver is an Academy student with the Reds’ Under-18s.

His height and aerial strength make him an asset at the back, but those attributes also make him a threat from set-pieces in attack.

“Oliver is a tall and intelligent central defender,” says Under-18s coach Paul McGuinness. “One-on-one he is very dogged and determined and difficult to get past.

“He’s another one that has really improved in recent months. He still has to develop physically but when he does he will have a tall, powerful frame. We hope to see continued development from Oliver this season.”


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Joshua King



Name : Joshua King
Birthdate : 15 january 1992
Nationality : Norwegian
Position : Striker


Norwegian striker Joshua King is a powerful centre-forward with what Under-18s coach Paul McGuinness describes as “plenty of raw potential”.

The Oslo-born teenager likes to take on defenders using his strength and pace.

“He looks like he’s going to be a very good athlete,” adds Paul.

“Josh is tall, strong and a very powerful player. He’s a strong runner with or without the ball and he can beat defenders.

“He is another player who has made a good start to his Under-18s career.”


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Scott Moffatt



Name : Scott Moffat
Birthdate : 07 December 1990
Nationality : English
Position: Defender



Scott is a local lad and a committed defender, who specialises at full-back.

He gained experience with the Under-18s towards the end of the 2006/07 campaign and was part of United’s young squad that clinched the prestigious Champions Youth Cup in Malaysia in summer 2007.

“He was part of the squad in Malaysia and he showed there that he’s a strong competitor,” says Paul McGuinness, coach of United’s Under-18s.

“Scott is a local boy from Manchester and a strong-tackling full-back. He has made big progress in the last couple of years.”


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OLIVER NORWOOD



Name : Oliver Norwood
Birthdate : 12 April 1991
nationality : English
Position : Midfielder


Oliver Norwood possesses both the vision and passing accuracy required to be creative in the centre of midfield.

Born in Burnley, Oliver is one of the youngest members of the first-year scholars taken on in summer 2007.

He has plenty of ability and, according to United’s Under18s coach Paul McGuinness, possesses “a very good range of passing and the ability to change the direction of play.

“Oliver can pick out through-balls and he’s got a terrific shot on him as well. He’s a nice playmaker.”


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Davide Petrucci



Name : Davide Petrucci
Birthdate : 05 October 1991
nationality : Italian
Position : Midfielder



Italian youngster Davide Petrucci is a highly-rated midfield all-rounder, who joined from previous club AS Roma in July 2008.

Petrucci impressed during his time with Roma, where he scored 14 goals in 19 matches for the Italian youth side in season 2007/08. He has also starred for Italy's Under-17 international side.

"Davide is an all-round midfield player," says Reds U18s boss Paul McGuinness. "He does a bit of everything; he can win the ball, distribute it well, a good range of creative passing and he has a hell of a shot on him.

"He likes to shoot as well and he has the potential to score plenty of goals from midfield, either with a long range shot or bursting into the box to score with his feet or from a header."

Petrucci has made a promising start to his United career, where he joins fellow Italian, second-year Academy striker, Federico Macheda.


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Cameron Stewart



Name : Cameron Stewart
Birthdate : 08 April 1991
Nationality : English
Position : Midfielder


Cameron is a skilful midfielder whose qualities have already seen him earn experience at youth international level with England.

A bright and positive player he is capable of creating goals as well as scoring them, as he proved with his first goal for the Under-18s against Nottingham Forest.

He picked the ball up midway into the opposition half, took on two defenders with a flurry of stepovers, before lashing the ball into the top corner.

Paul McGuinness, United’s Under-18s coach, says: “Cameron has made a lot of progress in the last year. He’s been very positive in his attitude and his play so far.”

But it isn’t just on the pitch that Stewart excels, he is also a keen trainer. “He puts a lot of energy and enthusiasm into training, which, to go with the ability he has got should see him progress quickly,” adds McGuinness.


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Davide Petrucci



Name : Davide Petrucci
Birthdate : 05 October 1991
nationality : Italian
Position : Midfielder



Italian youngster Davide Petrucci is a highly-rated midfield all-rounder, who joined from previous club AS Roma in July 2008.

Petrucci impressed during his time with Roma, where he scored 14 goals in 19 matches for the Italian youth side in season 2007/08. He has also starred for Italy's Under-17 international side.

"Davide is an all-round midfield player," says Reds U18s boss Paul McGuinness. "He does a bit of everything; he can win the ball, distribute it well, a good range of creative passing and he has a hell of a shot on him.

"He likes to shoot as well and he has the potential to score plenty of goals from midfield, either with a long range shot or bursting into the box to score with his feet or from a header."

Petrucci has made a promising start to his United career, where he joins fellow Italian, second-year Academy striker, Federico Macheda.


would like to see a bit more from him in 2 years 2 come..


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