Max Taylor makes long awaited Manchester United under-23 return

Max Taylor made his return to action for Manchester United under-23s in the 4-1 win away to Swansea City as his recovery from cancer treatment continued.

The 19-year-old, formerly known as Max Dunne, came on for the injured Teden Mengi in the 37th minute with what looked like a rib injury.

Taylor showed no signs of rustiness and put in a commanding performance, which made him look he had never been away. He didn’t put a foot wrong.

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He looked assured and strong when called upon, which will be a massive boost to Neil Wood, knowing that Taylor can slot straight in alongside Di’Shon Bernard if Mengi faces a period on the sidelines.

Taylor showcased his dominance in the air when Swansea floated a free-kick into the United penalty area, but Taylor was there to clear with a strong defensive header and take the pressure off his side.

With this being Taylor’s first appearance since returning from treatment and producing such a positive display, he is only going to get more confident and sharper with further appearances for Wood’s side.

With Friday’s home clash against Stoke City looming and Mengi facing a race against time to be fit, Taylor could continue his fairy-tale comeback with his first start of the season against the Potters.

Taylor, who signed his first professional contract with the Red Devils last year, was back training with his teammates for the first time last month having successfully completed chemotherapy for cancer.

A boyhood United supporter, he has yet to figure for the seniors but made his debut for the reserves against rivals Man City at the Etihad Stadium during the 2016/17 campaign.

Taylor was part of the backline that clinched the Under-18 Premier League North Trophy and has also represented the club in the UEFA Youth League.

Taylor set up a fundraising page to raise money for three different cancer charities after his diagnosis and has raised over £10,000.

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