Manchester United announces new deals for academy.
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Manchester United announces new deals for academy.

Manchester United announces new deals for academy

Manchester United is pleased to confirm new deals for Academy players in the Under-23s and Under-18s.

Two members of Neil Wood's squad, Paul Woolston and Luca Ercolani, have signed fresh contracts to continue their development with the Under-23s.

Woolston, a goalkeeper formerly with Newcastle United, appeared in the final two Premier League 2 matches of last season, while centre-back Ercolani has been at the club since 2016.

At Under-18 level, international clearance has now been received for three new additions.

Johan Guadagno is a 16-year-old keeper from IF Brommapojkarna in Sweden, while forwards Dillo Hoogewerf and Mateo Mejia have also joined.

Netherlands Under-16 international striker Hoogewerf arrives from Ajax and Mejia was previously with Real Zaragoza in Spain.

Jose Mourinho gets new job in Premier League

Former Manchester United and Chelsea manager, Jose Mourinho will work as a pundit on Sunday when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side tackle Frank Lampard’s men in the Premier League fixture at Old Trafford, according to Sky Sports.

The Portuguese, who was sacked by Man United last December, will join Gary Neville, Jamie Carragher, Graeme Souness and Jamie Redknapp on Sunday and Monday Night Football.

Mourinho will offer his “forthright opinions” on the Premier League match between his two former clubs.

Speaking after being offered the job, the 56-year-old said: “The Premier League is a special competition for me, one that takes so much hard work to win and you just can’t take your eyes off the matches every week.”

“Football is a huge passion, it means so much to the fans, and I look forward to being part of the Premier League with them until I return to my place on the touchline,” he added.

Why I choose Nigeria over England – Manchester United midfielder

Manchester United youngster, Tosin Kehinde has explained why he chose to play for Nigeria instead of England. The young central midfielder and his representatives had held talks with the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, Vice President Shehu Dikko, Secretary General Mohammed Sanusi and manager Gernot Rohr at the Super Eagles Crowne Plaza Hotel in London before the national team’s friendly against Serbia. He told BBC Sports, ”Nigeria has always been a part of me. I was born there. My whole family are Nigerian. “I come from a very strong Nigerian background, so the influence has always been around me.” Kehinde is hoping to follow the footsteps of Victor Moses, Alex Iwobi and Ola Aina. He did not hide his admiration for Jay Jay Okocha and John Mikel Obi. He added, ”When you are growing up, when you see players like Jay Jay Okocha, how good he was and the current crop of players such as Alex Iwobi and Super Eagles captain, Mikel Obi, the desire to get the opportunity to play for Nigeria has always been there really.”

Compiled by: Emmanuel Ayoola Adetinkan
Published: 9-8-2019