Dishon Bernard is working hard in case he is called upon by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to join the first team squad.
The 19-year-old has been training individually in recent weeks, and he is ensuring he is ready in case he is required.
The under-23s centre-back is on the cusp of the first team squad, and could follow James Garner, Tahith Chong and Teden Mengi in getting called up, if there are any more defensive injuries.
United already have Axel Tuanzebe and Phil Jones out, while Victor Lindelof sustained a knock against Bournemouth.
Bernard uploaded a video of his training routine, showing that he was ‘working’, and says he ‘can’t wait to be back’.
The video shows Bernard working on individual drills, wearing his United kit, as he seeks to stay in top physical shape.
The under-23s do not yet have a date to be recalled, with no decision taken by the Premier League over the make up of next season’s competition.
United had been on course to potentially win promotion to the top flight of the Premier League 2.
Having to work alone like this will be a mentally testing time for many of United’s young stars, even though there is regular communication with club coaching staff.
Bernard made his United first team debut last year against Astana in the Europa League, an experience he hopes to build on.
While he has for now been overtaken by Teden Mengi in the first team picture, Bernard is working hard and hopes to get his chance.
Nobody wants to see any more first team injuries in defence, but in the even they do occur, Bernard will be ready in case he is needed.
What next for Bernard?
Bernard could become one of the players made available for loan next season.
He is down the pecking order at United, not required at present despite injuries to Tuanzebe and Jones.
So it may take a new approach to change Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s mind and win him over.
This work Bernard is putting in now will serve him well if he can secure a loan spell next season.
Axel Tuanzebe used loans to prove his quality, and this earned him a spot in United’s first team this season, when his path before had been blocked.
While injuries have set him back, he did everything right up to this point, and if Bernard does not get the call before the end of this season, he must push for a loan spell to help himself stand out.
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