#under19s: #mufc set for Dallas Cup challenge

Manchester United will take a squad of 17 to the United States’ oldest youth football tournament, the Dallas Cup.

Playing in Group A against Coritiba (Brazil), Chivas (Mexico) and Real Salt Lake City (USA), Tommy Martin will be in charge of the group with the squad made up of under-18s and under-23s.

Indy Boonen, Angel Gomes, DJ Buffonge and Tahith Chong are all injured or picked up late knocks preventing them from travelling to America for the tournament but under-23s Matthew Olosunde, Regan Poole, Ethan Hamilton, Tosin Kehinde, Callum Whelan and Callum Gribbin are all in the 17-man squad.

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Adnan Januzaj, Wayne Rooney and James Wilson have all featured in the tournament previously.

Tommy Martin: “It’s an opportunity to travel and get away from Carrington which is very important for these upcoming young professionals. So the experience will be of that, the travel, most of all playing in the heat of America which will be difficult for them.

“Also, it’s not the type of football we play every week. South American players are tough, they’re good players but physically they’re tough. We know that if you’re up against American teams they’ll be physical, they’ll be fit, so they’ll be big challenges for the boys.

“We’ve just said to the boys, we’ve had a meeting today. We’re going, we want to win it, we’re not just going out there just to make the teams.”

Regan Poole, centre-back: “It’ll be a good experience for everyone. There’s a couple of younger lads going, a few under-23s, it’s a real mixture of a squad so for everyone to come together is a good experience. Everyone’s looking forward to it because it’s Dallas, America at the end of the day and it’s a huge tournament, it’s well-known.”

Callum Gribbin, forward: “I have been to America on holiday but I’ve not actually played football out there, It will be a new experience and Nicky Butt was speaking the other day about the teams that have been there before and done well.

“Obviously, we’ll be playing against different teams and we’ll see how they play as it’s all about experience.”

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