All eyes may be on incoming interim manager Ralf Rangnick right now, while interim boss Michael Carrick is making his own impact.
Carrick started preparations for Manchester United’s weekend game in Chelsea by calling several young players to the first team.
Released footage from United’s Thursday training session shows Martin Svidersky, a young defensive midfielder who has been a regular on the team’s under-23s.
Svidersky was captain of the U-18 team last season and has stepped up since then, and this is the first time he has been seen training with United’s first team.
He is seen below in the background in a shot with veteran star Juan Mata.
Svidersky was also seen in a group shot with another pair of youth prospects, midfielder Charlie Savage and left-back Álvaro Fernández, with Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford performing the same training exercise.
Carrick gives youth a chance
Svidersky, 19, joined the United academy as a winger, after overcoming a serious knee injury, he has developed his game into a ball-winning midfielder.
The teenager is an under-21 Slovakia international, and has 11 under-23 appearances for United this season, along with two EFL trophy appearances and four UEFA Youth League appearances.
It was also notable to see Charlie Savage, another midfielder, called up for the session. Michael Carrick, a former midfielder, clearly wanted to take a look at the pair and pass on his own experience.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Jadon Sancho were photographed in the session, although there was no sign of Mason Greenwood, Edinson Cavani or Luke Shaw, who missed the victory over Villarreal for medical or physical reasons.
Shaw’s absence may also underscore why United recalled young left-back Álvaro Fernández for the session, and Carrick got a glimpse of the talented teenager.
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