Two other Manchester United youngsters have joined Manchester United’s pre-season training sessions.
Defenders Di’Shon Bernard, 20, and Will Fish, 18, were both called up to train with the first-team squad.
Will Fish (Photo by Matthew Peters / Manchester United via Getty Images) Di’shon Bernard and Facundo Pellitri (Photo by Matthew Peters / Manchester United via Getty Images)
Di’Shon Bernard, pictured above with Facundo Pellitri, spent the last season on loan with Salford City.
Neither Bernard nor Fish were in Carrington last week and will be happy to have the chance to show what they can.
Will Fish made his Manchester United debut on the final day of last season against the Wolves. Bernard made his debut against Astana in 2019.
Opportunities in the preseason can be tempting
It is very smart for United to add two additional center-backs to the ranks as the team is tight in preparation for the position.
Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof are both on vacation, while Eric Bailly will be competing with Ivory Coast for the Olympics.
All three are expected to miss United’s pre-season game against Derby County on Sunday.
Axel Tuanzebe remains the only available central defender. Youngster Teden Mengi is also available and trains all last week. His proposed loan to Derby is ongoing.
The various absences give Bernard or Fish the chance to shine, and it is very possible that both players will get 45 minutes together with Tuanzebe and Mengi.
Phil Jones has not yet been pictured in pre-season training and is not expected to be available.
Bernard is likely to be loaned out again this season while Fish could continue with the U23.
Strong preseason performance could lead United to adjust those plans or make better loan offers for the couple. Both must seize all opportunities available over the next month.
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