Earlier this year Manchester United made a triple swoop on Derby County to sign three of their young players.
Malachi Sharpe, Sekou Kaba, and James Scanlon all signed for United in a deal which cost the Red Devils £750,000, The Athletic reported. All three have gone into United’s academy sides at under-16 level.
For now, Sharpe is the most advanced, and he has been pictured training for the first time with United’s under-18 side.
Players are currently being pushed up through the age groups in pre-season to compensate for so many under-23s being with the first team currently.
So it is unclear if Sharpe’s promotion to under-18 level is just temporary.
Officially, he has not moved up to the under-18s, in that he is not named on the club website as part of the squad, and was not listed as one of the additional 11 players stepping up this season last week either.
Sharpe is probably a year away from regular under-18s football, but it would not be a surprise to see him feature this year regardless.
Last season Kobbie Mainoo made his breakthrough as a regular into the under-18s at just 15 and looks a strong prospect for the future.
Either way, it is good to see him settling in ahead of what hopefully will be a promising Manchester United career.
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