Manchester United academy duo train with Kieran McKenna's Ipswich Town

Manchester United youngsters Charlie Savage and Will Fish both recently spent time training with Ipswich Town’s first team.

The pair will have been reunited with former Manchester United coach Kieran McKenna who left the Reds to become the Tractor Boys’ manager.

It would have been a good experience for the academy duo to train with the senior players from the League One side, as reported by the East Anglian Daily Times.

Sending the club’s academy players out to spend time in first team environment’s at Football League clubs is something that is being treated as ‘work experience’ at Manchester United.

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Instead of sending players out on loan for long periods, United are doing short stints that gives youngsters that experience of being part of a senior setup.

Earlier this season, Joe Hugill and Charlie Wellens spent time with Forest Green Rovers, Charlie McNeil at Sheffield Wednesday, while Rhys Bennett and Dermot Mee have been at AFC Wimbledon.

Given the familiarity of McKenna at Portman Road, it could mean that both clubs use that as an avenue to benefit one and other.

Manager McKenna and his assistant Martyn Pert were recruited from Old Trafford last December, not long after interim boss Ralf Rangnick took over the reins, while Sam Williams has followed them as the Blues’ new ‘head of recruitment’.

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Rangnick handed Savage, a midfielder, his senior Manchester United debut as a substitute in the Champions League dead rubber against Young Boys.

Fish also has one senior United appearance to his name – he came on as late sub on the final day of the 2020/21 Premier League season against Wolves.

The 19-year-old joined National League leaders Stockport County on a season-long loan, but he was recalled in January after struggling for game time.


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