Saturday, 16 December 2017

Manchester United reserve Tosin Kehinde promoted to first team


Manchester United Under-23 midfielder Tosin Kehinde has taken part in first-team training sessions following a spate of injuries to central midfielders.

The 19-year-old Nigerian revealed he was drafted into the first-team set-up earlier this week as United continue to contend with the absences of Marouane Fellaini and club captain Michael Carrick.


Kehinde wrote on his Twitter page on Friday night: "Good session with the first team today."

Paul Pogba will serve the last game of his three-match ban at West Brom on Sunday while Carrick and Fellaini are still unavailable for selection. Carrick underwent a heart procedure earlier this season and has not played since September 20 while Fellaini has spent the last three weeks out with a knee injury.

Scott McTominay started against Bournemouth in midweek but Ander Herrera could return to partner Nemanja Matic at the Baggies this weekend. Despite injuries and suspension to Pogba, Mourinho has 22 fit first-team players to choose from, so it is unlikely Kehinde will be needed in the senior squad this weekend.

Kehinde has figured prominently for United Under-23s this season and his strike at Chelsea in September was nominated for the club's goal of the month competition.

The teenager played with Marcus Rashford, Axel Tuanzebe and Timothy Fosu-Mensah in the Uefa Youth League two seasons ago before he was promoted to the Reserves.

Mourinho has given debuts to United academy graduates Joel Pereira, Axel Tuanzebe, Scott McTominay, Demetri Mitchell, Josh Harrop and Angel Gomes. Rookies Joe Riley, Matty Willock, Zak Dearnley, Dean Henderson, Kieran O'Hara, Matthew Olosunde have all trained with the first-team or made matchday squads.
(Manchester Evening News)

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