Youngster Connor Stanley joined Manchester United’s first team for the training session ahead of Thursday’s clash with Club Brugge.

Stanley was involved along with returning injury absentees Scott McTominay and Axel Tuanzebe, first reported BBC Sport’s Simon Stone, with the MEN also reporting it.

Who is Connor Stanley?

Stanley is an 18-year-old winger who joined United from Birmingham City’s academy in 2018.

He is a right winger, a position where United’s first team are short of options.


He has made five appearances for the under-18s this season, providing two assists.

One of these assists came in the under-18s last league match, a 1-0 win over Blackburn on February 1.

Stanley subsequently featured in the FA Youth Cup win over Leeds United days later.

He is represented by the Stellar Football group of agents, who also have Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Marcos Rojo, Dean Henderson, and Jack Grealish on their books.

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A chance to learn

Solskjaer has been keen to get young players involved in training sessions throughout his spell as manager.

Earlier in the season Charlie Wellens was one of the under-18 players called up ahead of a Europa League match to gain experience.

It is questionable whether Stanley even makes the trip to Belgium with the first team, he likely would not make the bench even if he did.

Even so, this is a useful chance for him to learn from senior players and for the management to take a closer look at him.

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