The transfer deadline is a week away, and Manchester United are desperate to see their club strengthen; they have announced two new signings, although it will not satisfy the cravings of those who want a senior boost.
United have moved to boost the left back and right wing area of their academy team, with 16 year old Reece Devine and Connor Stanley arriving at the club.
Manchester United Academy coach Neil Ryan has added two new faces to his squad ahead of the 2018/19 season.
Reece Devine and Connor Stanley have arrived at the club as first-year scholars and will compete for places in the starting XI, with the Reds opening the campaign with a home game against Derby County on Friday 10 August, live on MUTV.
Devine is an enterprising left-back who turns 17 a week before Christmas, while Stanley operates on the right wing and is a similar age. Both have impressed the United coaches with their talents.
The young pair join the 11 players announced last month as linking up with the second-years in the group. Those 11 were Jacob Carney, Ondrej Mastny, Ollie Denham, Teden Mengi, Anthony Elanga, Max Haygarth, Mark Helm, Charlie McCann, Harvey Neville and Mason Greenwood.
With clearance received for all those teenagers, the squad is really starting to take shape.
Despite the talk about Jose Mourinho being a short-term solution, and even speculation that this could be his final season at the club, it seems that the youth policy is finally getting back some form of identity with Fergie Fledgling Nicky Butt in charge of things. Nobody could accuse Mourinho of being neglectful of this area of the club; and although he did seem fairly critical of the standard of the young players when on the US tour, it is likely these barbs were an attempt to convince Ed Woodward to release more funds for senior signings.