A program titled ‘United We Play’ has been launched in Mumbai to encourage young football talent from across the country.
The programme was launched by Apollo Tyres and Manchester United in the presence of Ronny Johnsen, ex-Manchester United center-back and midfielder who is a veteran of four Premier League titles (1997, 1999, 2000 and 2001), one FA Cup crown (1999) and a UEFA Champions League title triumph (1999) with the club.
“Talented kids will be trained by Manchester United Soccer School (MUSS) coaches, with the best performers receiving once in a lifetime opportunity to train with Manchester United’s U-18 team which will be visiting India for the first time in May,” a media release said.
The programme will be held in U-13 and U-16 age groups in Delhi, Chandigarh, Mumbai, Goa, Kolkata, Guwahati, Chennai and Bengaluru in the next two months, with around 3,000 young footballers expected to take part.
The initial programme will be run by local coaches before the young footballers get a chance to impress coaches from the MUSS.
During this stage of the programme, participants will be taught several skills and techniques imparted at Manchester United, the release stated.
Thirty-two best performers, selected by MUSS coaches, will gather in Mumbai to participate in two training sessions with the Manchester United U-18 squad, it stated.