Manchester United players return for pre season training

A callow Man United squad reported for pre-season training at Carrington on Monday.


A callow Manchester United squad has assembled for the first day of pre-season training at Carrington.

Fourteen United players have been involved in international tournaments this summer and manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has had to promote a raft of youngsters to first-team training.

New signing Tom Heaton took part in the first summer session and academy striker Joe Hugill, 17, has been pictured with the first-team for the first time.

Facuno Pellistri, Teden Mengi, James Garner, and Tahith Chong are back in the first-team fold following loan spells. Thirteen of the 18 players photographed are academy graduates.

More players are expected to return later this week, with Juan Mata, Anthony Martial, Andreas Pereira, Phil Jones, and Donny van de Beek conspicuous by their absence in club media.

Pereira has returned to Manchester following a season-long loan with Lazio but appears to be isolating. Jones, Martial and Van de Beek are recovering from injury and Mata's contract was extended by a year last week.

Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw and Marcus Rashford are still on international duty with England at the European Championship, while David de Gea is preparing for Spain's semi-final with Italy.

Fred has reached the semi-finals of the Copa America with Brazil but Edinson Cavani suffered elimination with Uruguay in the quarter-finals at the weekend.

Diogo Dalot, Bruno Fernandes, Victor Lindelof, Daniel James, Scott McTominay, Paul Pogba are having time off following their involvement in the Euros. Dylan Levitt reported for training at Carrington on Monday as he only played eight minutes for Wales.

Dean Henderson is expected to report for training later this month as he recovers from a hip injury that forced his withdrawal from the England squad three weeks ago.

United start their pre-season schedule with a friendly at Derby County on July 18.

United players pictured in training: Heaton, Bishop, Grant, Kovar, Williams, Telles, Mengi, Tuanzebe, Matic, Galbraith, Garner, Levitt, Shoretire, Hugill, Elanga, Pellistri,

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