Jose Mourinho to give youth a chance in bid to boost Manchester United’s season

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Mourinho was handed a double fitness boost yesterday when French striker Anthony Martial and defender Matteo Darmian proved their fitness ahead of tomorrow’s home clash with Southampton.

But he freshened up yesterday’s first team training session by including seven academy youngsters, including Angel Gomes.

The midfielder became the youngest United player since Duncan Edwards, when he made his debut as a late sub in the league win over Crystal Palace in May at the age of 16.

Earlier this month the 17-year-old signed his first professional contract at Old Trafford.

And, with an FA Cup tie with Championship side Derby beckoning a week today he could be in contention for more first team action.

Defender Demetri Mitchell was also involved along with Matt Olosunde; midfielder Callum Gribbin and forwards Zak Dearnley and Joshua Bohui.

The return of Martial, in particular, will help Mourinho tomorrow as he looks to improve on two shot-shy performances that resulted in damaging draws against Leicester and Burnley.

And the pending return of Darmian offers the Manchester United boss the chance to play the Italian at right-back, possibly returning Ashley Young to his preferred left-back spot at the expense of Luke Shaw.

That will prove a welcome return if, as expected, Antonio Valencia is missing until the new year with a hamstring injury.

Source : dailystar