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