Revealed: Man United mystery squad member set for first team breakthrough?
December 30, 2019
“The goal is to get in the first team.“I try to do my best and impress Warren Joyce and the coaches plus the first-team staff in training. Hopefully, I can get there. I just try to do as well as I can by keep pushing and striving towards that first team. I just want to get on their radar. You never know how things will work out – I look at Paddy [McNair], Willo [James Wilson], Andreas [Pereira] and Jesse [Lingard] and just hope I can do that too.” Manchester United star James Weir As Manchester United drew 3-3 with Newcastle United at St James’ Park an unfamiliar name sat on the bench.Alongside Juan Mata and Memphis Depay sat James Weir, a meek looking youngster with a shock of blonde hair.The casual observer may not have known too much about the 20-year-old midfielder, who didn’t make it on to the pitch during the thrilling encounter.So, here at talkSPORT our Talent Spotter has run the rule over the Red Devils starlet.Name: James WeirDate of birth: 4 August 1995Birthplace: PrestonPosition: MidfielderClub: Manchester UnitedDid you know?1. Weir was on the books at hometown club Preston North End before being snapped up by Manchester United back in 2008.2. Such was the strong competition in Man United’s youth team, Weir initially made the break into their Under-18 side as a full-back in the 2011/12 season.3. He eventually moved into his preferred midfield role and was highly-rated by Under-18 boss Paul McGuinness.4. Weir, who is blessed with quick, nimble feet, has been capped at Under-16, Under-18 and Under-19 level with England.5. Last season the youngster helped Manchester United’s Under-21s to win their league, making 21 appearances in the process. 6. In 2015/16, Weir has scored three goals in 10 games with Manchester United’s Under-21 and captained the side on these occasions.They say:“A strong runner, he keeps possession with his neat, economical passing and is always capable of bursting through to make things happen.”– Manchester United’s official website.“He needs a little bit more confidence but the lad is a clever footballer and he does finish well. He is clever when coming inside and he makes good runs that are hard to pick up. More often than not, he does finish too.”– Manchester United Under-21 boss Warren Joyce.He says:“I’ve been mainly on the left this year but I can come in off the flank and play as a false winger, if you like, which is quite popular in the modern game.“I can also still play as a central midfielder who can make runs forward and hopefully get back as well. I can play that narrow left-winger role and do a job for the team while also scoring some goals.” 1 Video evidence: