Manchester United have handed two exciting talents from the MK Dons academy the chance to impress coaches during a trial at their Carrington training ground, reports The Mail.
Luke Tingey and Kyran Wiltshire will arrive in Manchester later this week to take part in some routine training sessions with the United youth squad. Louis van Gaal is keen to strengthen the academy at Old Trafford ahead of the Uefa Under-19 youth tournament next season.
Manchester United fans may have heard of Tingey, 18, who became a YouTube sensation last month after scoring a 40 yard free-kick for the MK Dons Under-18s in a 5-3 win over Swindon.
The next Beckham
The goal drew comparisons with the famous goal David Beckham scored against Wimbledon for Manchester United. However, as a central-defender, Tingey is unlikely to emulate the Red Devils legend.
Wiltshire, also 18, plays as a centre-midfielder and has already threatened to break into the first-team squad after being included in the squad for friendlies in pre-season friendlies.
Both have reportedly accepted the offer to take part in a short trial at Manchester United and Carrington coaches will run the rule over the pair before officials decide whether to further their interest.
The move draws comparisons with the loan deal for Bolton left-back Andy Kellett, who was brought in purely to boost the Under-21 squad. Kellett lined up against Leicester City on Monday night, but looks set to depart Old Trafford having never made a senior appearance.
A similar fate could befall both Tingey and Wiltshire, who are being considered as fodder to strengthen the youth team and give them a better chance of winning a youth tournament. Their ability to develop into first-team players does not seem to be in consideration.
Manchester United have a fine reputation for developing local talent but have failed to bring through prospects in big numbers over the past few years. Adnan Januzaj, a Belgian international, is the only notable player to break in to the first-team from the academy.
Having spent £150million last summer and with more arrivals expected this summer, it seems Van Gaal's priority lies with signing established players, rather than developing raw talent. That will come as music to the ears of some fans, but like nails on a chalkboard to others.
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