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First we will start off with Robert Brady from Dublin:

Labelled "the next Ryan Giggs", much sought after Robert Brady has agreed to join the best club in the world.

Manchester United have completed the signing of the much-sought after Republic of Ireland teenager Robert Brady.

The 16-year-old winger joins from North Dublin club St Kevins Boys after Sir Alex Ferguson beat off competition from several rival Premier League sides chasing the youngster, who will move to United later this year.

St Kevins football director Ken O'Donoghue told setantasports.com that United had beaten all of their main rivals to the addition of the Republic of Ireland Under-16 player, who he likened to a current Red Devils superstar.

"All the top clubs were after Robbie," O'Donoghue told setantasports.com.

"You could name any one of 15 of the top Premier League teams and we've had invitations from them.

"He has gone on trials with Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United, as well as West Brom and a couple of other teams.

"He 's a lively wide player. A lot of people have compared him to Liam Brady, but he's more a Ryan Giggs type of player, a fast out and out winger."

Comparisons with Liam Brady surely echo from the fact that the Republic of Ireland and Arsenal legend also played his schoolboy football with St Kevins as did another famous Irish winger in Damien Duff.

Robert Brady's two younger brothers also play with St Kevins, who have a strong tradition of feeding cross-channel teams and the senior Ireland side

A brilliant signing for United and a future talent for Ireland. Is there any better mix.

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Christian Mork from Norway:

Christian Mork from 3r division Hareid will train with United from the 7th of July along with 2 other Norwegians.

He is born on the 3rd of February 1993 and is 15. He already plays with their a-team and will represent the norwegian u-16s team.

He is an offensive type of player and will play as a striker or right wing, most likely. He has good things going for him, good at fribbling, dangerous in front of the goal, also from long distance. Good first touch. All according to his trainer.

His coach at Hareid, Andre Skotheim, describes Christian as being a goalscorer who is equally at home in a central forward role or out on the right wing. Skotheim also singles out the teenager’s dribbling ability, ball control and shooting from both long and short distances as his main assets, summarising promisingly with the statement “He is exciting, the greatest talent I’ve seen and worked with”.

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Jesse Lingard:

Jesse Lingard is being tipped to be the next Paul Scholes after gaining selection for England under 17s at the age of 15.

The Warrington Guardian introduced Jesse to readers as a talented six-year-old in 1999 and that talent is now bearing fruit after a successful year in Manchester United's under 16s team.

The midfield playmaker has attracted comparisons to Scholes because of his technical ability, slight frame and unassuming nature and he will get his first chance to shine on the international stage when he represents England under 17s at the Nordic tournament in Sweden at the end of July.

Jesse, who impressed at England under 16s trials last year but did not make the final squad, received a letter out of the blue to inform him of his call-up to the England under 17s ranks.

He is the only United player in the squad, with England facing initial group matches against Finland on July 28, Iceland on July 29 and Norway on July 31.

The former William Beamont Community High School pupil, now living in digs in Manchester because of his progression in the United scholarship scheme, is highly thought of at Old Trafford and has also attracted admiration from the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester City and Blackburn.

United are expected to make a decision on whether to offer Jesse a professional contract in early 2009 and he is likely to get his chance to impress in the club's under 18s team next term.

Jesse was initially snapped up by Liverpool at the age of six, when Crewe Alexandra wanted to sign him on a 10-year deal, but later switched to United - the club he supported.

His grandfather Ken, who is a former powerlifting champion and used to take Jesse to Whitecross Community Centre to practise his skills at the age of five, said: "He's done very well and he's a nice quiet lad with no attitude.

"He's just got to prove himself now at international level but things are looking promising.

"He was outstanding in the last six games of the season for United's under 16s and got three or four man of the match awards.

"He played against Arsenal at the Emirates in a friendly and the Arsenal people commented on how good the number 10 was. That was our Jes.

"People have said he could be the next Paul Scholes. He plays that kind of way, he's a technical player who sprays the passes out and he's got good feet. He's a player who can change games.

"He's got the game and they're just waiting for him to grow. He's not had his growth spurt yet.

"He's only slightly built and I think England went for big lads last year but there's been a big turnaround and they've gone for more technical players.

"He'll get a game in Sweden, there's no doubt about that, and if he can get in the team for the first game and play well, who knows?"

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Federico Macheda:

Formerly a member of Lazio's youth system, Federico Macheda joined United in September 2007.

The 16-year-old forward was born in Italy's capital Rome and was regarded as a promising prospect in his homeland.

Having recently relocated to England, Federico has joined up with his new team-mates in United's Under-18s and begins a three-year Academy scholarship.

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Rodrigo Possebon:

His name is Rodrigo Pereira Possebon and Man Utd signed him from Sport Club Internacional and suprisingly enough this brazilian’s deal manage to sneak pass many footy publications but after his debut for United in the reserves league against Blackburn i’m sure more people will hear of him.

Rodrigo Possebon began his football career playing for Internacional in a defensive midfield role.

Possebon was spotted by Manchester United’s Brazil-based scout, John Calvert-Toulmin, who also recommended full-backs Fábio and Rafael. He was signed by Manchester United in January 2008 for an estimated €3.5 million, and since his father is of Italian descent, Possebon qualified for an Italian passport, and so was not subject to European Union legislation regarding non-Europeans working in Europe. Possebon has been allocated the number 34 shirt, which was vacated by Ryan Shawcross, for the remainder of the 2007-08 Premier League season. Due to United’s plethora of midfielders, he is not expected to break into the first team straight away, though he is available for the first team if needed.

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Joshua King:

According to Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten, UNITED have signed 15 year old (born 1992) Joshua King from Norwegina PL side Vaalerenga. I must admit that I don't know much about this player, but I think he is a striker and wingplayer. He's playing for Norway U15, and for his club at Junior level(U19). In his debut for the U19, he had 1 goal and 1 assist, pretty good considering him playing players up to 4 years older. He's highly regarded as one of the most talented players at his age in norway. He is a technical very gifted player, and has a good eye for goal as far as I have heard.

Here's a story about him (in norwegian) and some pics.

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Daniel Alund:

Swede Daniel Ålund has been training with our u15s and u18s. He's 15 and apparently a pacy, tricky left winger. The Sports Director at current club Brommapojkarna - Tommy Söderstöm - used to do some scouting for United and recommended Daniel to United as long as 4 years ago. Söderström describes Ålund as a great talent and a humble lad. United want him back as soon as possible and seem keen on signing him

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Evandro Brandao:

DOB: 07 May 1991

Portuguese striker Evandro Brandao was on Walsall’s books before joining for United. He signed Academy scholarship forms in July 2007 as he moved into the Reds’ Under-18s squad.

A powerful striker, U18s coach Paul McGuinness describes Evandro as an “out-and-out forward with plenty of pace”.

“Evandro came to us late from Walsall, which is obviously a different environment from Manchester United, but we hope he’ll develop rapidly,” added McGuinness.

“He’s essentially in his first full year with us, so once he settles, I’m sure he’ll do really well

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Danny Welbeck:

DOB: 26 November 1990

Danny Welbeck is a highly talented, skilful player who can play out wide or up front.

He has been likened by Sir Alex Ferguson to former Arsenal forward Nwankwo Kanu for his manner of play.

“He’s got a smooth and languid style,” says Paul McGuinness, his coach at Under-18 level. “But don’t let that fool you, it sometimes disguises the fact that he is a really hard worker.

“Danny is a very talented and skilful player with good all-round technique. He’s strong, quick, good defensively as well as going forward, and he’s a real leader, too. He is a good personality to have around the dressing room.”

Welbeck played a prominent role in the Under-18s’ run to the FA Youth Cup final in 2006/07 when he was a schoolboy.

He’s also represented England at youth level and was called into the national team’s Under-17s squad to take part in the World Championships in Korea in summer 2007.

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Joshua King:

According to Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten' date=' UNITED have signed 15 year old (born 1992) Joshua King from Norwegina PL side Vaalerenga. I must admit that I don't know much about this player, but I think he is a striker and wingplayer. He's playing for Norway U15, and for his club at Junior level(U19). In his debut for the U19, he had 1 goal and 1 assist, pretty good considering him playing players up to 4 years older. He's highly regarded as one of the most talented players at his age in norway. He is a technical very gifted player, and has a good eye for goal as far as I have heard.

Here's a story about him (in norwegian) and some pics.[/quote']

Probably most talented...

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Davide Petrucci: Alread mentoined on the forum but I will put him in this section

Again, from what I've been told, Petrucci is a playmaker who will link play in an support striker role. On that basis, I imagine with Macheda and Petrucci of them being 16, they could make a good partnership for our Academy/Reserve sides and maybe even for the Italy U17s side. However, Petrucci does have a very good goal scoring record and to be honest...there is far more excitement/fuss over him than there was Macheda back in Italy because he is thought to be someone who is very special. Don't get me wrong, I think Macheda is fantastic for his age and has a real future ahead of him but he did not generate as much talk as Petrucci so there are some expectations already, perhaps prematurely but we'll see who develops better.

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Magnus Wolff Eikrem

DOB: 08 Aug 1990

A midfielder with good vision, Magnus is the latest addition to United's Academy family.

Magnus joins United on 8 August when he celebrates his 16th birthday. He comes with a good reputation after being spotted at Ole Gunnar Solksjaer’s soccer school in Norway.

He is a very skilful player that can play anywhere across the midfield, though he is predominantly a central midfield player.

He posesses bundles of ability and the United coaching staff are hopeful his skills can flourish in England after he turned down Norwegian club Molde to try and follow in Ole’s foot steps at Old Trafford.

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James Chester:

Birthdate: 23 Jan 1989

Birthplace: Warrington

Position: Defender

Appearances: 1

Goals: 0

Joined United: 01 Jul 2005

United Debut: 20/01/09: Manchester United V's Derby County (Carling Cup)

James Chester is an agile, tough-tackling central defender from Warrington.

He was first spotted by United scouts playing for his local team, Winwick Athletic. James began playing for the team when he was five, when he played with boys four years older in the Under9s.

By the age of eight, United had taken an interest and invited him down for training sessions at the club. Since then he has risen through the ranks at Old Trafford and graduated from the Academy in 2007.

Chester became an integral part of the Reserves' defence in the latter half of the 2006/07season and throughout the following campaign.

James was the Reserves' top appearance maker during the 2007/08 campaign, playing a key role as the Reds ended the season with success in the Manchester Senior Cup final.

Made his 1st apperance last night in Carling Cup and 1 for the future..

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Jesse Lingard:

Jesse Lingard is being tipped to be the next Paul Scholes after gaining selection for England under 17s at the age of 15.

The Warrington Guardian introduced Jesse to readers as a talented six-year-old in 1999 and that talent is now bearing fruit after a successful year in Manchester United's under 16s team.

The midfield playmaker has attracted comparisons to Scholes because of his technical ability' date=' slight frame and unassuming nature and he will get his first chance to shine on the international stage when he represents England under 17s at the Nordic tournament in Sweden at the end of July.

Jesse, who impressed at England under 16s trials last year but did not make the final squad, received a letter out of the blue to inform him of his call-up to the England under 17s ranks.

He is the only United player in the squad, with England facing initial group matches against Finland on July 28, Iceland on July 29 and Norway on July 31.

The former William Beamont Community High School pupil, now living in digs in Manchester because of his progression in the United scholarship scheme, is highly thought of at Old Trafford and has also attracted admiration from the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester City and Blackburn.

United are expected to make a decision on whether to offer Jesse a professional contract in early 2009 and he is likely to get his chance to impress in the club's under 18s team next term.

Jesse was initially snapped up by Liverpool at the age of six, when Crewe Alexandra wanted to sign him on a 10-year deal, but later switched to United - the club he supported.

His grandfather Ken, who is a former powerlifting champion and used to take Jesse to Whitecross Community Centre to practise his skills at the age of five, said: "He's done very well and he's a nice quiet lad with no attitude.

"He's just got to prove himself now at international level but things are looking promising.

"He was outstanding in the last six games of the season for United's under 16s and got three or four man of the match awards.

"He played against Arsenal at the Emirates in a friendly and the Arsenal people commented on how good the number 10 was. That was our Jes.

"People have said he could be the next Paul Scholes. He plays that kind of way, he's a technical player who sprays the passes out and he's got good feet. He's a player who can change games.

"He's got the game and they're just waiting for him to grow. He's not had his growth spurt yet.

"He's only slightly built and I think England went for big lads last year but there's been a big turnaround and they've gone for more technical players.

"He'll get a game in Sweden, there's no doubt about that, and if he can get in the team for the first game and play well, who knows?"[/quote']

Lingard was selected in the 19 man squad for Manchester United's 2013 pre-season tour. Lingard scored his first goal for Manchester United in a friendly against A-League All Stars on 20 July 2013, the goal also signified Manchester United's first goal under new manager David Moyes. He later scored a second.

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