After a nightmare summer in 2020, D’Mani Mellor is enjoying a dream August 2021.

Having recovered from a torn ACL last and missing all of last season, Mellor is back playing football again.

Mellor was today (18/8) promoted to train with Manchester United’s first team.

He was pictured with his former United under-18s teammate Mason Greenwood, now a first team star.

Manchester United Training Session
(Photo by Ash Donelon/Manchester United via Getty Images)

Back playing football again

Mellor made his comeback in an under-23s friendly a week ago at half-time against Sheffield Wednesday and scored.

On Sunday he started the under-23s league season opener against Leicester City, and scored again.

This training session with the first team will have been a reward for his impressive comeback, and as a well done for recovering from such a serious injury.

Mellor has trained with the first team previously before his injury, and even made his debut in the much-changed Europa League match with Astana in November 2019.

 

This will likely only have been a temporary promotion, a chance for coaches to have a look at him, and giving him a mental boost too.

It is easier for United this year to bring players in and out of the under-23s into the first team sessions, with the groups no longer having to stick to strict training bubbles.

Mellor, 20, recently signed a one year contract extension, with his previous deal scheduled to expire this past June.

This is one more example of United doing right by the academy players.

Rather than simply release the young forward, United have helped him take the next step in his recovery, and training with the first team is beyond a dream come true for him based on the dark place he was in a year ago.

There is a chance Mellor could head out on loan before the window closes, to make up for some lost time. United have other, younger strikers in the under-23s.

This could have been a chance for the coaches to assess him more closely, and even consider whether he has the potential to spring a surprise and provide a first team option over the course of the coming season.

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