Tue. Dec 7th, 2021

Justin Cochrane was named Manchester United’s head of academy development and coaching this summer.

Cochrane has previously had roles with England and Tottenham and told the Independent that he has been linked with managerial jobs at home and abroad.

But he says his focus is firmly on United and that he is excited about the talent the club is coming through in all age groups.

He says the fans should also be excited, while acknowledging how difficult it will be for the talented youngsters to actually get on the first team.

Justin Cochrane has been appointed new head of player development and coaching at Manchester United Academy
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“Externally, I saw a lot of news, and I’ve also been linked to other jobs that probably didn’t get the press – quite a few jobs across the country in top clubs and a few abroad,” he said.

“I look at the 14s, 15s, I saw under the 16s on Saturday, the 19s and the 23s — I’m excited about what might happen where they might be in two or three years.

“It does not mean that there will be five or six to replace players on the first team. There will be players who have careers in the game and really good careers.

“It is exciting. It really is. The support should be tense because there will be players they will hopefully get through, some into the first team, but others have a good career. ”

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Cochrane has been brought on board as United continue their efforts to get the academy back to where it was before it lost its way in the time after Fergie.

He is an exciting and innovative young coach who can hopefully play his part in United and continue to bring the players through.

As he says, patience will be required with the young talents of the club and they will not all cope.

But some will hopefully and in Ole Gunnar Solskjær United have a manager who will give the youngsters a chance.

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