Manchester United Academy get Tour of Loughborough University

Pics: United at University

There were 14 goals scored in the two action-packed friendlies for United’s youngsters at Loughborough University last week but the day was about much more than events on the pitch.

Paul McGuinness took a full squad to Leicestershire to help unveil a new boardroom named in the honour of former tutor and coach Mike Holliday, who passed away in 2008, and learn more about the facilities at the campus.

University staff outlined the work that goes on in cricket, swimming, gymnastics, athletics and other sports during an extensive tour of the impressive site, which includes the hi-tec Powerbase gym.

An Under-17 side lost 4-2 to Derby County before an Academy XI triumphed 6-2 against Loughborough University at the 3,500-capacity stadium.

Loughborough University opened its doors to United

The squad look around the gym

The players stroll past the weights and other equipment

The hi-tec cricketing equipment is described

A close-hand look at the Powerbase gym

The players clamber to get a good view of the running track

The party is talked through the athletics programme

The excellent athletics facilities on campus

Players wait for the next leg of the trip

Entering the immaculate cricketing facilities

Paul McGuinness and Mark Hulse return to their former University

The mural that greets the students

The top-class swimming pool at the campus

The swimming team’s success is explained to Paul McGuinness

A plaque marks Mike Holliday’s contribution at Loughborough

Loughborough Stadium awaits kick-off

United warm up ahead of the game

The two squads pose for the camera

A view from the stands of the evening game

James Weir is congratulated

Andreas Pereira hails his free-kick

Mats Daehli struts his stuff in midfield


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