Jose Mourinho promotes Aidan Barlow to Manchester United first-team training ahead of derbyNovember 10, 2018
MANCHESTER UNITED whizkid Aidan Barlow joined first-team training yesterday ahead of Sunday’s derby.
The midfielder, 18, starred for the Under-19s against Juventus in the Uefa Youth League on Wednesday.
Barlow scored a penalty as Nicky Butt’s side drew 2-2 to remain top of their group.
And he was rewarded for his form with the chance to earn some experience alongside United’s biggest stars.
Jose Mourinho welcomed Romelu Lukaku back to action after he missed the games against Juve and Bournemouth with injury.
Who is Aidan Barlow?
LOCAL lad Barlow hails from Salford and joined Manchester United when he was just six.
He operates as a left-sided midfielder and has been making an impact at youth level – scoring nine goals last season in 23 starts.
Barlow – born on January 10, 2000 – signed his first professional deal in December 2017 – a month before making his full Under-23s debut against Tottenham.
Jose Mourinho is yet to hand the youngster a first-team call-up but has hinted his chance may be coming by letting the 18-year-old train with the big boys.
England have also been keeping an eye on Barlow, who made his Under-18s debut in September.
Asked if he would be in the squad to take on Manchester City, Mourinho said: “Lukaku is training with the team this morning.
“If this answer is positive and we have of course one more session tomorrow, if the answer is positive he’s ready but in this moment I can only say he trains with the team, I don’t know his answer.”
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