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Manchester United Football Club Reserves are the reserve team of Manchester United F.C. They play in the North section of the Premier Reserve League. They have been champions three times since the league's inauguration in 1999; in 2002, 2005 & 2006. They also participate in the Manchester Senior Cup, although in recent years the teams entered in this competition have featured an increasing number of youth players.

The current Reserve team manager is Ole Gunnar Solskjær, who was appointed in the summer of 2008 after working with the club's first team strikers following his retirement from playing in August 2007. His assistant is Warren Joyce, who was previously the manager of Royal Antwerp, Manchester United's feeder club in Belgiummarker. Since November 2008, the reserves have played all of their home matches at Moss Lanemarker in Altrinchammarker, the home of Altrincham F.C. In previous seasons, the team has played at the Victoria Stadiummarker, the home of Northwich Victoria, and Ewen Fieldsmarker, the home of Hyde United.

The most successful Manchester United Reserves coach has been René Meulensteen. Meulensteen won four of the five available reserve team trophies in the 2004–05 season – the Premier Reserve League North, the Central League North, the Central League Cup and the national play off between the winners of the Premier Reserve League North and the Premier Reserve League South. The team also finished as runners-up in the Manchester Senior Cup. Meulensteen followed this up in 2006 by leading the team once more to the Northern and National Premier Reserve League titles, and going one better in the Manchester Senior Cup.


Current squad

  • As of 4 November 2009, according to official site

On loan

Manager history


  • Manchester Senior Cup: 24
    • 1908, 1910, 1912, 1913, 1920, 1924, 1926, 1931, 1934, 1936, 1937, 1939, 1948, 1955, 1957, 1959, 1964, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009

  • Lancashire Senior Cup: 13
    • 1898, 1913, 1914, 1920 (shared), 1929, 1938, 1941, 1943, 1946, 1951, 1969, 2008, 2009

The Academy

The academy is the core of the youth setup at Manchester United, and has been responsible for producing some of Manchester United's greatest ever players, including the club's top five all-time appearance makers, Ryan Giggs, Bobby Charlton, Bill Foulkes, Paul Scholes and Gary Neville, and the new wave of home-grown talents known as Fergie's Fledglings. The current academy is based at the club's state-of-the-art Trafford Training Centre, a 70 acre site in the Manchester suburb of Carrington.

The academy comprises age-group teams ranging from Under-9's up to the flagship Under-18's, who currently compete in Group C of the Premier Academy League and in the FA Youth Cup (a tournament which they have won a record nine times). The Under-16's and Under-18's typically play their academy league games at 11am on Saturday mornings at Carrington, while Youth Cup games are generally played at either Hyde United's Ewen Fieldsmarker ground (where Manchester United's reserve teams play their home games) or the club's 76,000-capacity Old Traffordmarker home, in order to cater for the greater number of supporters these fixtures attract.

Paul McGuinness is the head coach of the under 18s academy side. He was also in charge of the side that lost to Liverpool in the 2007 FA Youth Cup final.

In 2007 the Academy were the inaugural winners of the Champions Youth Cup, intended to be a Club World Championship for youth sides, beating Juventus 1–0 in the final in Malaysiamarker.

Current Academy players

Player DOB Position International caps Previous club Joined United
3rd Year Scholars (players born between 1 September 1990 and 31 August 1991)
Joe Dudgeon DF Capped at Under-21 level
Oliver Gill DF
Matthew James MF Capped at Under-20 level
Federico Macheda FW Capped at Under-21 level Lazio September 2007
Scott Moffatt DF
Oliver Norwood MF Capped at B team level
Cameron Stewart MF Capped at Under-19 level
Danny Welbeck FW Capped at Under-21 level
2nd Year Scholars (players born between 1 September 1991 and 31 August 1992)
Nicholas Ajose FW Capped at Under-16 level
Robert Brady MF Capped at Under-19 level St Kevin's Boys
Reece Brown DF Capped at Under-19 level
Conor Devlin GK Capped at Under-19 level
Joshua King FW Capped at Under-16 level Vålerenga
Davide Petrucci MF Capped at Under-19 level Roma
Scott Wootton DF Capped at Under-17 level Liverpool
1st Year Scholars (players born between 1 September 1992 and 31 August 1993)
John Cofie FW Capped at Under-16 level Burnley
Larnell Cole MF
Ezekiel Fryers DF Capped at Under-17 level
Etzaz Hussain MF Capped at Under-17 level Langhus IL
Sam Johnstone GK Capped at Under-17 level
Will Keane FW Capped at Under-17 level
Jesse Lingard FW Capped at Under-17 level
Ra'vel Morrison MF Capped at Under-17 level
Tom Thorpe DF Capped at Under-17 level
Ryan Tunnicliffe MF/DF Capped at Under-17 level
Academy Students
Luke Giverin DF
Michael Keane DF
Unknown status
Michele Fornasier DF Capped at Under-16 level Fiorentina July 2009
Alberto Massacci DF Empoli July 2009
Sean McGinty DF Capped at Under-17 level Charlton Athletic July 2009
Jack Dean MF
Paul Pogba MF Capped at Under-16 level Le Havre July 2009
Manuel Pucciarelli FW Empoli July 2009



  • Director of Academy Football: Brian McClair
  • Director of Youth Football: Jimmy Ryan
  • Reserve Team Manager: Ole Gunnar Solskjær
  • Reserve Team Assistant Manager: Warren Joyce
  • Reserve Goalkeeping Coach: Richard Hartis
  • Assistant Academy Director for 17–21 year olds & Under-18s Head Coach: Paul McGuinness
  • Assistant Academy Director for 9–16 year olds & Under-11/12s Head Coach: Tony Whelan
  • Under 13–16s Head Coach: Mark Dempsey
  • Under 11–12s Coach: Tony Whelan
  • Under 9–10s Head Coach: Eamon Mulvey
  • Technical Skills Development Coach: René Meulensteen
  • Youth Coach: Andy Welsh
  • Director of Goalkeeping Training: Richard Hartis
  • Academy Doctor: Dr. Tony Gill
  • Senior Academy Physiotherapist: Mandy Johnson
  • Academy Physiotherapists: John Davin & Richard Merron

Notable former Academy and Youth Team players

Many players from the Manchester United Academy go on to have careers in professional football, whether at Manchester United or at other clubs. The following is a list of players who have represented their country at full international level and/or have played regularly at a high level of club football.

Players of the Year

Prior to 1990, a single award was presented to the best young player of that season. After 1990, two separate awards were presented. The Young Player of the Year award is named after Jimmy Murphy, Sir Matt Busby's long-time assistant manager, who died in 1989. Denzil Haroun was a former club director and the brother-in-law of former club chairman Louis Edwards.

Season Supporters Club

Young Player of the Year
1982–83 Norman Whiteside
1983–84 Mark Hughes
1984–85 Mark Hughes

Season Denzil Haroun

Young Player of the Year
1985–86 Simon Ratcliffe
1986–87 Gary Walsh
1987–88 Lee Martin
1988–89 Mark Robins

Season Jimmy Murphy

Young Player of the Year
Denzil Haroun

Reserve Team Player of the Year
1989–90 Lee Martin Mark Robins
1990–91 Ryan Giggs Jason Lydiate
1991–92 Ryan Giggs Brian Carey
1992–93 Paul Scholes Colin McKee
1993–94 Phil Neville Nicky Butt
1994–95 Terry Cooke Kevin Pilkington
1995–96 Ronnie Wallwork Michael Appleton
1996–97 John Curtis Michael Clegg
1997–98 Wes Brown Michael Twiss
1998–99 Wes Brown Mark Wilson
1999–2000 Bojan Djordjic Jonathan Greening
2000–01 Alan Tate Michael Stewart
2001–02 Paul Tierney John O'Shea
2002–03 Ben Collett Darren Fletcher
2003–04 Jonathan Spector David Jones
2004–05 Giuseppe Rossi Sylvan Ebanks-Blake
2005–06 Darron Gibson Giuseppe Rossi
2006–07 Craig Cathcart Kieran Lee
2007–08 Danny Welbeck Richard Eckersley
2008–09 Federico Macheda James Chester


  1. {{cite news |first=Steve |last=Bartram |title=Reserves move to Moss Lane |url={B4CEE8FA-9A47-47BC-B069-3F7A2F35DB70}&newsid=6621883 |publisher=Manchester United |date=2008-11-05 |accessdate=2008-11-05 }}
  2. {{cite web |url={2A52DED8-5A59-4A65-BA93-FF15E0D88CF4} |title=Reserves Profiles |accessdate=6 July 2009 | |publisher=Manchester United }}
  3. {{cite news |title=Reds register European squad |url={F9E570E6-407E-44BC-800F-4A3110258114}&newsid=6638851 | |publisher=Manchester United |date=2 September 2009 |accessdate=3 September 2009 }}
  4. {{cite news |first=Nick |last=Coppack |title=Young Reds on loan |url={B4CEE8FA-9A47-47BC-B069-3F7A2F35DB70}&newsid=6637957 | |publisher=Manchester United |date=18 August 2009 |accessdate=18 August 2009 }}
  5. {{cite news |first=Steve |last=Bartram |title=Cathcart joins Hornets |url={F9E570E6-407E-44BC-800F-4A3110258114}&newsid=6639725 | |publisher=Manchester United |date=15 September 2009 |accessdate=15 September 2009 }}
  6. {{cite news |first=Steve |last=Bartram |title=Possebon heads out on loan |url={F9E570E6-407E-44BC-800F-4A3110258114}&newsid=6635613 | |publisher=Manchester United |date=2 July 2009 |accessdate=2 July 2009 }}

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