As clips of Friday’s first team training emerged, it was heartening to see James Weir taking part. Interim manager Ryan Giggs greeted the 18-year-old with a handshake and a smile.
Weir then joined first team stars Shinji Kagawa, Phil Jones, Danny Welbeck, Tom Cleverley, Alexander Buttner and Ben Amos, along with first team coach Phil Neville, in their usual “boxes” training drill.
The drill is based on the foundations of football – keeping possession of the ball, keeping the ball away from the opposition and moving the ball quickly.
Weir has found his chances at Under-21 level limited this season having made just eight appearances, five of which were made coming off the substitutes bench. In those appearances he has done well, especially considering he had spent the majority of the time playing out of position, rather than his favoured right wing position.
He is currently in a rich vein of form. His last two appearances at Under-21 level have seen him come on as a replacement from James Wilson and his goals helped United to qualify for the semi-final stage of the Barclay’s Under-21 Premier League, scoring three goals in those two appearances.
James Weir‘s first goal against Norwich
James Weir‘s second goal against Norwich
James Weir‘s goal against Reading
It’s good to see that Giggs has immediately looked towards the youth for anyone who deserves a shot and it would be a surprise if no academy player made an appearance on the bench at least for the first team before the end of the season.