A new face was seen at Manchester United’s training camp in Spain on day two.
As reported by the club website, teenager Jacob Carney was flown over to Marbella to join the squad to help make up numbers in goal.
United needed a fourth stopper for the training sessions, and have just promoted new signing Nathan Bishop to third choice with Lee Grant out injured.
Matej Kovar and Paul Woolston are also injured for the under-23s, further opening up a chance for Carney to mix in with first team stars.
What do we know about Carney?
Carney signed with United when he was just 16-years-old and he has been an under-18s regular.
He made his first ever under-23 appearance last month in a 2-1 win over Newcastle.
He has been on the bench for the under-23s three times this season too.
Carney has this season had a taste of competitive men’s football, signing for non-league semi-professional side Stockbridge Steels for two separate loan spells.
In his last four games for the Steels he has kept three clean sheets.
The most noticeable thing about Carney is that he’s clearly still a kid, and has to develop in stature and become more imposing to be ready for senior football at the top level.
At just 18-years-old, the teenager has time to do so, and his loan spell will help him toughen up.
This is a great experience for him to be out training with the first team. It’s a big show of trust in him, even if it has meant a succession of injuries for him to get his chance.
Solskjaer said of Carney and Bishop, via the club website: “They will learn of course. They are not used to that tempo and that quality from where their normal everyday work is. It is a great opportunity for us as well to learn about their mentality and character, because you have got to have a personality as a young player coming into this group.”
Carney can use this as inspiration and a real learning experience. United’s goalkeeping department is incredibly crowded for a position where there is only one spot available, but this chance will be a help in his career whatever the future holds.
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