Manchester United have reached out to their academy players to pay tribute to how they handled the recent lockdown.
Due to the coronavirus lockdown, United’s academy team’s seasons have been declared over. Much like the top-level pros, they have been stuck at home on lockdown.
However, Manchester United like many other top slides kept their players on their toes via virtual connections, even with their youngsters.
The club has been so impressed with the efforts they have written to them all. Offering congratulations to them on their accomplishments in such difficult circumstances.
The Red Devils wrote to their players from the U8 level through U16, as well as enclosing a personal gift from the club.
According to copies of the letter being shared via social media, the club said:
“I’m sure it has been a challenging time for you and your families.”
“You will have had to adapt to a new way of living, create new routines, take care of vulnerable family members, cope with new and ever-changing information in the media and also keep up to speed with the deadlines and work set by your school.”
“From the perspective of the academy and its staff, we have been overwhelmed with how you have all faced up to the challenge.”
“Shown a positive attitude and kept smiling, got creative, looked out for other people, shown bravery, and demonstrated kindness.”
“What the last eight weeks have reminded the academy staff is that it’s so easy for us to get focused on passing drills, feedback meetings, signing registration forms, measuring your height, retain and release decisions, selecting tour squads.”
“We can lose track of how lucky we are to be surrounded by an amazing group of talented individuals.”
“Academies don’t measure this stuff. But it is these things who make you who you are, and ultimately it will be these things that make you successful in life.”
Manchester United have a tradition of nurturing some of the finest young talents in football. There is a steady stream of prodigies come down the pipeline, the question is will Ole Gunnar Solskjaer find a place for them in his squad?