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Manchester United to bring Warren Joyce back to the club to lead the U23s after Ricky Sbragia was sacked

Manchester United could be bringing Warren Joyce back to the Old Trafford club as U23 manager after he departed to become the manager of Wigan Athletic back in November 2016. Joyce has also managed Melbourne City in Australia but left his position there in May 2019. This could be the best bit of news this summer, especially after Ricky Sbragia was sacked in the last few weeks.

It is suggested in the report that Joyce’s return to United could also help French midfielder Paul Pogba make a decision to remain at the Theatre of Dreams as both Pogba and Joyce got on very well when he was playing under him during his first to first team football, with Pogba eventually leaving for Juventus as a free agent, coming back to United four years later – as the most expensive footballer at the time.

Joyce, 54, spent 12 years working for United, even spending time working with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as co-manager of the reserves side, when the Norwegian was recovering from injury, then retired from playing the game. Joyce is now the favourite to replace Sbragia this summer with United looking to continue their development of talented footballers who could make the grade at first team level.

This is something the club has done through the years from the Busby Babes to the Class of 1992. It is fair to say, that in the past six years, there has been a lack of true development by players coming through the academy with few making the grade and becoming first team players. Of the current squad, United has Joel Pereira, Dean Henderson, Tim Fosu-Mensah, Axel Tuanzebe, Pogba, Jesse Lingard, Andreas Pereira and Marcus Rashford in the ranks.

However, so many more players have not made the grade with 13 being released from the U18 and U23s this summer, including; Regan Poole, Zak Dearnley, Tom Sang, Callum Whelan, Matty Willock, James Wilson, Matthew Olosunde, Tyrell Warren, DJ Buffonge, Callum Gribbin, Millen Baars, Josh Bohui and James Thompson. If Joyce does return, he will have a big job on his hands but it is something he is capable of.

Joyce has been integral in the development of Pogba, Lingard, Rashford, Michael Keane and Danny Welbeck and with the likes of Mason Greenwood, James Garner, Lee O’Connor, Aidan Barlow, Tahith Chong, Angel Gomes and Nishan Burkart, to name a few, they could all be placed on the right track to find the best of their abilities, work on their weak areas and start their rise to the first team, like will be intended for many of them.

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