Manchester United Under-23s’ Promoted to Premier League 2

MIDDLESBROUGH, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 04: Hannibal Mejbri of Manchester United U23s in action during the Premier League 2 match between Middlesbrough U23s and Manchester United U23s at Riverside Stadium on November 04, 2019 in Middlesbrough, England. (Photo by Matthew Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images)

United’s Under-23s have been promoted to Premier League 2 Division One to play next season.

Neil Wood’s young Reds were in second spot behind West Ham United, three points behind with a game in hand, and nine points in front of third-placed West Brom, when the season was ended due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Premier League decided to finalise the tables on a points-per-game basis, meaning that Manchester United go up in second place with the Hammers, without the need for the play-offs.

This promotion ensures next term’s group will have a competitive games programme, with the club also set to embark on the UEFA Youth League campaign for the Under-19s.

Most of the team in 2019/20 were younger and in and around the Under-19 age group, in any case, with some of the elder members of the squad allowed to go on loan to further their education.

Obviously, a winning mentality is something that is cultivated at United and tribute must be paid to Wood and his squad for their performances last season before lockdown. However, individual development remains the priority for youngsters at this level.

Chelsea have been crowned Division One champions and Wolves are relegated. Burnley, Crystal Palace and Leeds United are joining Division Two, taking it up to 14 teams, while the top tier will comprise of 13 teams.

The Premier League International Cup, Premier League Cup and Under-18 Premier League Cup have all been curtailed without a winner being awarded but there is no confirmation yet on the FA Youth Cup so far



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