All eyes may be on the new interim manager Ralf Rangnick, while caretaker boss Michael Carrick shows his own impact.

Carrick began preparations for Manchester United’s weekend game at Chelsea by calling a number of young players to the first team.

Pictures released from United’s Thursday training session showed Martin Svidersky, a young defensive midfielder who regularly plays on the team’s U23 side.

Svidersky captained the U18s last season and has improved since then and this is the first time he has trained with United’s first team.

He can be seen in a shot with veteran star Juan Mata in the background below.

(Photo by Ash Donelon / contributor)

Svidersky was also featured in a group shot with other youngsters, midfielder Charlie Savage and left-back Alvaro Fernandez, with Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford performing the same training exercise.

(Photo by Ash Donelon / contributor)

Carrick gives the youth a chance

19-year-old Svidersky, who signed as a winger for the United Academy after a serious knee injury, has evolved his game into more of a ball-winning midfielder.

The teenager is a Slovakian U21 international and has made 11 U23 appearances for United this season, as well as two appearances in the EFL trophy and four appearances in the UEFA Youth League.

It was also noteworthy to see Charlie Savage, another midfielder, appear for the session. Michael Carrick, himself a former midfielder, wanted to see the couple clearly and pass on his own experiences.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Jadon Sancho were both pictured at the meeting, though there was no sign of Mason Greenwood, Edinson Cavani or Luke Shaw missing out on the Villarreal win for medical or fitness reasons.

Shaw’s absence could also underscore why United have brought young left-back Alvaro Fernandez back to the meeting, with Carrick taking a look at the talented teenager.

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