Nathan Bishop and Facundo Pellistri were amongst the players involved in yesterday’s Man United first-team training session.
Manchester United have always been brilliant at developing young players. Simply put, it’s in their DNA.
Credit to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who has been more than willing to give youth an opportunity wherever possible. From Brandon Williams to Mason Greenwood, United’s list of academy graduates playing for the first team continues to grow.
At the Aon Training Complex yesterday, we were perhaps given another glimpse into the future. A couple of fresh faces were involved in the latest session, with the young duo of Nathan Bishop and Facundo Pellistri amongst those putting in the work in the first-team group ahead of the WBA game.
Opportunities like these are what makes or breaks a player. If you impress Solskjaer and his coaching staff, these chances will happen more often. Struggle and you may find yourself back in the youth team for months on end before you’re called up again.
For Bishop and Pellistri, it’s a learning curve. A chance to play with some of the best footballers in the world simply cannot be understated, particularly at such a young age. First and foremost, though, the fact they were given this chance shows you that their talent-levels are already there. Now, it’s about perfecting and honing their skills.
The snaps, as per usual, come from the official @ManUtd Twitter account.
Check out the training photos here:
Bishop, who was only signed in January, will undoubtedly be relishing this moment. Sure, the competition in front of him is fierce, but he’s looked mightily impressive since his move from Southend.
United have a great record when it comes to goalkeepers. From David de Gea to Dean Henderson, with Sergio Romero sandwiched in between, the future definitely looks bright for Bishop.
As for Pellistri, he was a surprise deadline day signing just a couple of months ago. He too looks a real prospect, though I suspect it’ll be a while before he’s a regular starter at Old Trafford.
Given time, the Uruguayan has the potential to make a real impact for this club. For now, though, it’s about letting him develop at his own pace, while also settling into life in a new country.
That said, it’s great to see both of these guys involved with the senior squad.