Manchester United’s Under 21 side begin their preparations for the new season with a friendly fixture at Salford City on Monday.
Warren Joyce’s team will travel to Moors Lane ahead of a 19.30 kick-off to take on local side Salford City. The team are famously co-owned by United’s ‘Class of 92’ members Phil Neville, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes, Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs. Singapore based billionaire Peter Lim, who also owns Spanish side Valencia, is the other major shareholder in the club owning a 50% stake.
The Under 21s will be looking to defend their Barclay’s Premier League title next season and this fixture could be the ideal preparation. Joyce’s team could depend on the players selected to travel on the first team by Louis van Gaal.
The manager has ‘promised’ to take a lot of young players to the United States and Callum Gribbins, Donald Love, Sean Goss and James Weir, who have already been involved in first team training this pre-season, might be unavailable for the Salford friendly due to their participation in the tour.
One player who could be involved is Sadiq El Fitouri, who arrived at Old Trafford from Salford City in January, and he may well feature against his former club.
Salford City lifted the Northern Premier League Division One North title last season and will provide the perfect match for Warren Joyce and his young charges to prepare for the 2015/16 season.
The Under 21’s first competitive fixture takes place on Saturday 18th July, when they face Rochdale in the Lancashire Cup semi-final.