Charlie Wellens trains with Manchester United's first team
Young talent Charlie Wellens is the latest young talent to be called up to train with Manchester United’s first team.
Wellens was called up by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ahead of Thursday night’s Europa League clash with FC Astana, the MEN report.
He was one of six youngsters who took part in the session, along with Axel Tuanzebe, James Garner, Angel Gomes, Mason Greenwood and Tahith Chong, some of who are now considered first team regulars even though they are not weekly starters.
Diogo Dalot is also back, after hinting earlier this week he was ready to make his comeback.
Jesse Lingard returns after illness, while Anthony Martial and Luke Shaw remain out, with Dan James also rested. Paul Pogba trained individually as he focuses on returning to face West Ham this weekend.
Who is Charlie Wellens?
Wellens, 16, has been called up because of his impressive form for United’s under-18 side.
He is the son of former United trainee Richie Wellens, who made one appearance for the club in 1999. He is now the manager of Swindon Town.
Wellens has scored three goals in five matches for the under-18s this season. Two of them came against rivals Liverpool earlier this month.
This is the Salford born midfielder’s first season with Neil Ryan’s under-18s, after stepping up from the under-16s.
It would be a surprise if he made the bench against Astana, simply being involved in training is a step in the right direction, but this is big boost for him, and will inspire United’s other young talents.
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