Monday, February 6, 2023

Manchester United trio set foot in India to launch grassroots football

Football fans across the world these days are fused with the group stage matches of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. As the football’s topmost spectacle is ongoing in the middle east for the first time, not far down in India, Manchester United supporters could not believe their luck as they got casts of star goalkeeper David De Gea, Donny van de Beek and Anthony Elanga.

The Manchester United first platoon players set bottom in Goa and the country for the first time. There were red scarfs, flags, shirts, and important fanfare as the fans gathered in large figures at the Don Bosco lot in Panaji, on Thursday.

Manchester United trio set foot in India to launch grassroots football

Manchester United trio set foot in India to launch grassroot football in India

The most successful English Premier League side launched the third edition of United We Play programme which is an on-ground grassroots football action. It encourages youthful football gifts across the country by giving them a platform to showcase their chops with the ideal of motivating aspiring footballers.


It’s a great activity for the kiddies in India and the world just to give an occasion to play football, said De Gea. The first two seasons entered an inviting response with over many players from the country sharing in the mongrel programme comprising on-ground trials and virtual sessions with Manchester United Soccer seminaries’ trainers.

Manchester United trio set foot in India to launch grassroots football

Elanga, who has come up from the inferior species, is a perfect illustration of Manchester United’s gospel. The 20- time old Swedish winger was permanently promoted from the academe to the first platoon by former interim director Ralf Rangnick last season. The German was a girlfriend of the youth from his first day in training and he handed him 14 Premier League starts.

“Coming through the academy was tough. My advice to youngsters is give performances in training and get rewards in the end. There is healthy pressure when there is competition because it makes you work harder,” said Elanga.

The last season saw four youthful footballers- Chennai’sR$ Preyarhanjan, Meghalaya’s Federick Kurbah, Chandigarh’s Ronald Singh and Pune’s Kunal Yeole get a continuance occasion to visit Old Trafford to share in instigative conditioning like a match- day experience, a training session with Manchester United Soccer School trainers, and a chance to interact with club legends.

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