Man Utd add eight stars to first-team training including Robbie Savage’s son

Manchester United have promoted eight youngsters to first-team training ahead of this weekend's clash with Leicester.

One of those moved up was Robbie Savage’s son Charlie, who has been impressing in midfield for the U23's this season after signing a professional contract back in April.

With the majority of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's squad away on international duty, the Norwegian has given a number of young players the chance to force their way into his plans.

And as well as Savage, Alvaro Fernandez, Bjorn Hardley, Dillon Hoogewerf, Joe Hugill, Marc Jurado, Charlie McNeill and Charlie Wellens were also involved in the senior sessions at Carrington.

Young strikers McNeill and Hugill will no doubt have learned plenty from academy graduate Mason Greenwood, who was left out of Gareth Southgate's England squad due to his recent "heavy load".

The vastly experienced heads of Juan Mata and Nemanja Matic were also on hand to help out their younger colleagues.

Marcus Rashford appears to be reaching full fitness and will no doubt have had a word of advice, along with fellow first teamers Dean Henderson, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Alex Telles, Phil Jones and Donny van de Beek.

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Meanwhile, United have confirmed that French defender Varane would be "out for a few weeks" after suffering a groin injury in the UEFA Nations League final on Sunday.

That means Solskjaer will be without him and captain Harry Maguire, who have formed a solid centre-back partnership, against Leicester on Saturday.

Solskjaer will no doubt be hoping that international break will allow his players to reset after a poor run of form.

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The Red Devils have won only one of their last four games, and drew 1-1 with Everton in their final game before the break to leave them fourth in the Premier League table.

After Saturday's trip to Leicester, United take on Serie A side Atalanta in the Champions League, where they will be hoping to move into the qualifying places with a win.

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