Man Utd news: Erik ten Hag promotes teen to first-team squad after Under-21 decision

Manchester United have had their second Premier League weekend in a row postponed as their scheduled clash against Leeds was pushed back due to the Queen’s funeral.

That has allowed manager Erik ten Hag to review his team’s start to the season ahead of the international break. There will be frustration that they could not carry on from the momentum of four successive Premier League wins, but they do have more time together on the training ground.

Ten Hag’s side will return to action with the highly anticipated clash against Manchester City on October 1, but until then he has a fortnight to further implement his style on his new club. Here are the latest headlines from Old Trafford.

Ten Hag promotes United teen

Charlie Savage – son of Robbie – has a bright future at Man Utd
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Erik ten Hag welcomed youngster Charlie Savage to Manchester United first-team training on Saturday, according to the Manchester Evening News .

The 19-year-old Welsh youth international – son of Mirror Football columnist Robbiemade his senior debut for United as a late substitute in a Champions League group stage clash with Young Boys last December, and also featured on the club’s pre-season tour of Thailand and Australia.

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With no first-team game for United this weekend, Ten Hag made a visit to Altrincham to watch the club’s under-21s face West Ham on Friday night, a match which Savage started in midfield.

The teenager was then brought off at half-time in the game, with Ten Hag asking him to join the first-team group at Carrington the following day.

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Martinez praise for Varane

Lisandro Martinez and Raphael Varane in action during Manchester United's 1-0 win over Leicester City

Varane and Martinez have built up an impressive defensive partnership
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Lisandro Martinez has once again waxed lyrical about his defensive partner Raphael Varane, describing him as a “legend” of the game.

Manchester United pair Martinez and Varane have formed a brilliant partnership in the heart of Erik ten Hag’s defence in recent weeks, winning all five games they’ve started together. Their superb understanding has seen captain Harry Maguire drop to the bench.

Speaking after United’s latest win against Europa League rivals Sheriff Tiraspol on Thursday, Martinez told reporters: “Everyone knows how good he is. He is a legend for me. I’m really happy to play with him at the back, but every player in the team is ready to play.”

Read Martinez’s full praise here

Evra details Champions League final talk

Evra has recalled the memorable Champions League 2008 final team talk

Evra has recalled the memorable Champions League 2008 final team talk

Patrice Evra has referred to Sir Alex Ferguson’s team talk before the 2008 Champions League final as the finest he experienced during his career.

United claimed their third European crown as they beat Chelsea in an all-Premier League final in Moscow. The contest is best remembered for John Terry’s slip in the penalty shootout, which kept the Red Devils in it before Edwin Van der Sar saved from Nicolas Anelka.

It was Ferguson’s second personal triumph after the victory of 1999 and it was his emotive speech before the clash that Evra believes was a difference maker. The Scot didn’t discuss football, instead referencing the life issues his players and their families would’ve faced.

Read Evra’s full account of Ferguson’s speech here

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