Danny Welbeck, Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford will aim to conquer Russia’s vast expanse this summer, but it was on the same patch of grass in Didsbury where the trio spent their formative football years.
England made it two wins in the space of five days as the Three Lions beat Costa Rica 2-0 at Elland Road thanks to goals from Manchester-born forwards Marcus Rashford and Danny Welbeck.
Former United forward Danny Welbeck’s second-half strike secured a 2-1 triumph for Arsenal in an enthralling Old Trafford encounter, while Angel Di Maria saw red for a dive then bizarre shirt grab on referee Michael Oliver.
City opened their brand new £200million state-of-the-art training complex last week, an 80-acre site connected to the Etihad Stadium which boasts a selection of world class facilities.
United currently sit in fourth place in the Premier League after scraping a 2-1 win over Arsenal at The Emirates on Saturday evening.
Les Parry, who won the Medical & Sports Science Professional crown at the North West Football Awards on Tuesday, is convinced United’s academy will continue to produce talented youngsters.
Welbeck, who came through the prestigious youth ranks at Old Trafford, moved to The Emirates in a £16million deal on deadline day in the last transfer window and has so far bagged five goals for Arsenal.
From wing whinger to red-hot strike ace: Danny Welbeck takes aim at former club Man United over goals criticism
Welbeck, who scored a Champions League hat-trick for his new club on Wednesday, has accused his old club of playing him out of position and claims that was was the reason why he failed to succeed at Old Trafford.
Frank Lampard is in contention to make his debut for Manchester City this weekend as the reigning champions face Arsenal tomorrow afternoon.
Former United fullback is shocked that United let the England international join a Premier League rival for £16million.
Tuesday Team Talk: Give Roy Hodgson’s new crew time to sow their seeds and England can blossom again
Manager Roy Hodgson will be hoping his players can replicate the growth they have shown with their clubs on the international stage so that, with time, patience breeds hope and better results at major tournaments.