Man Utd coach details plan to find next Rashford amid coronavirus uncertainty

Manchester United's youth team managers have been having to adapt as the coronavirus throws the football calendar into the unknown.

The Red Devils' U23s, led by boss Neil Wood, were chasing West Ham and eyeing promotion before Covid-19 put an end to the season.

Promotion and relegation may still be honoured but the work hasn't stopped in Manchester.

The Red Devils have a long tradition of turning to their academy and first team regulars like Marcus Rashford honed their skills in the youth grades.

Wood is hoping to unearth the next gem and insists the U23 players have been treated like any other sportsman would be.

"For the last six weeks we've been having online fitness sessions with them on a Monday and Friday morning," he told the MEN.

"Everyone gets together, for a core session led by sports science. I've rang around the lads and spoke to every single lad and then we've done some reviews with them, where we dialled in and spoke to each player to review the season – and gave them targets and goals for next season.

"We've had quite a lot of contact with them. We've tried not to leave them alone too much. We want them to be active physically and mentally as well, which is just as important.

"They've just got to keep themselves in shape, which any sports person would have to do."

With the U23s' season now coming to an end players are having to look ahead to the next campaign.


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