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Man Utd promote five young players ahead of Wolves Premier League clash

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Manchester United have confirmed five young players were promoted to training with the first-team ahead of their Premier League clash with Wolves on Tuesday. The Red Devils tackle Nuno Santo’s side looking to continue their charge towards the title. They currently sit five points behind leaders Liverpool having played one game less.

Few gave United a chance of winning the title earlier in the season, particularly after defeats to Crystal Palace, Tottenham and Arsenal.

But the Red Devils have won six of their last eight league matches to climb up the table.

Wolves lie in wait on Tuesday night and won’t be easy, especially after taking points off Tottenham, Chelsea and Arsenal already this term.

And, ahead of that match, United have allowed five young players to train with the first team.

Facundo Pellistri, Ethan Laird, Anthony Elanga, Shola Shoretire and Will Fish were all promoted, with Dean Henderson, Alex Telles, Nemanja Matic, Donny van de Beek, Jesse Lingard, Mason Greenwood and Odion Ighalo were also involved in Sunday’s training session.

Out of the five, United fans will be eager to see Pellistri unleashed.

The Uruguayan youngster was signed back in the summer transfer window and has caught the eye at youth level in the time since.

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Solskjaer opened up on Pellistri in November and said: “He’s a young boy coming over and it’s all new for him.

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“He’ll need a few games in the Reserves, of course, to try to find his feet in a new country.

“It’s been very positive so far and he’s someone we’ll be patient with and we’ll give him time to settle in and get used to us.”

Before that, Solskjaer talked up the youngster and insisted he could make the grade at Old Trafford.

“Our scouts have followed Facundo for a long time and we believe that he will be a real talent for the long term,” Solskjaer said.

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“Whilst we understand it will take time for him to adapt to the English game, he is capable of having an impact with his pace and ability to beat his opponent.

“Facundo has the perfect platform at Manchester United to develop and he has all of the technical qualities and the right mentality required to become a top player here.

“We are all looking forward to working with him to fulfil his potential over the coming years.”

Meanwhile, speaking after United’s 2-2 draw with Leicester on Saturday, Solskjaer admitted Victor Lindelof was a doubt.

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The Sweden international has had back issues this term and his manager said: “It is his back again I think.

“So we will just have to assess that one before Wolverhampton.”

“Then again, Eric [Bailly] is fit now, Axel is fit, so of course we might have to look at that before Wolverhampton.”

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United could only manage a draw against Wolves at Old Trafford last season, with Bruno Fernandes making his debut in that match.

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