Regan Poole joined Manchester United’s first-team training session on Tuesday ahead of the game against PSV Eindhoven.
The 17-year-old defender was signed during the summer from Newport County and this is not the first time he has trained with the first-team, so he must be doing the right stuff in training with the U18s to have earned himself the opportunity twice.
Louis van Gaal has already placed Axel Tuanzebe on the first-team bench for the Crystal Palace game when he was 17, so he isn’t afraid to give teenagers an opportunity if circumstances dictate and Poole will be well aware of that.
Poole has had to wait a long time for his international clearance to come through so he can play for United’s U18s as he came from the Welsh FA, so it counts as a cross border transfer. In the mean time, he’s been keeping himself busy with training.
The defender was nominated for the 2015 Welsh Young Player of the Year award and although he didn’t win, it’s indicative of how highly rated he is as a raw talent which can only be a good thing.
When Poole signed in the summer, I don’t think he would have been expecting to train with the first-team so soon but that’s the United way – if you’re good enough, you’re old enough and van Gaal is sticking by that tradition this season with his small squad which enables more youngsters to get chances.