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Where do Manchester United Academy play? United Academy home stadium, training ground and fixtures

Manchester United Academy play at the club's Carrington Training Complex, Leigh Sports Village stadium and occasionally at Old Trafford and Altrincham FC's J. Davidson Stadium.

The world-famous youth set-up has moulded the careers of some of the game's most iconic players including Sir Bobby Charlton, George Best, Norman Whiteside, Ryan Giggs, David Beckham and Marcus Rashford.

Fans hoping to catch a glimpse of the next star in the ascendancy at the Manchester United Academy may like to attend a fixture and make their own judgement.

Here's everything you need to know about where Manchester United Academy teams play their home matches.

Manchester United Academy U18 home stadium

United's U18s play nearly all home fixtures at their Carrington training ground, which is no longer open to the public. Fans used to be able to attend games here but can't do so anymore due to building works and “safeguarding issues” with other training sessions ongoing.

United's U18s do play some home fixtures away from Carrington, most often at Leigh Sports Village or Old Trafford. These fixtures tend to be in the FA Youth Cup or the UEFA Youth League (U19s). Early matches in these competitions will be at Leigh Sports Village while more significant games and ties can be at Old Trafford.

Alejandro Garnacho is the latest graduate from the Manchester United Academy - where can you watch the U18s and U21s play to find the next Garnacho?
Alejandro Garnacho is one of the latest Academy graduates | Photo by Icon Sport

Where do Manchester United U21s play?

United's U21s most regularly play at Leigh Sports Village, also the home stadium of the club's women's side.

The U21s compete in Premier League 2 and the EFL Trophy, with all of their fixtures in the latter tournament, played away from home. This season, the young Reds are in a group with fellow Greater Manchester sides Stockport County, Salford City and Bolton Wanderers.

Three league games per season must be hosted at Old Trafford, as per Premier League regulations. These often come nearer the end of the season and against high-profile opponents like Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City.

Travis Binnion is U21s lead coach, having previously worked at Sheffield United and then with United's U18s, whom he coached to FA Youth Cup glory in 2022.

Leigh Sports Village is home to Manchester United Women and the Manchester United Academy
Leigh Sports Village | Photo by Icon Sport

Manchester United U18s fixtures

2023/24 league season schedule

August 12: Middlesbrough (A) 12:30
August 26: Stoke City (A) 11:00

September 16: Nottingham Forest (H) 12:30
September 23: Sunderland (A) 12:30
September 30: Newcastle United (H) 12:30

October 7: Derby County (H) 12:00
October 28: Leeds United (A) 12:00

November 11: Blackburn Rovers (A) 11:00

December 2: Wolves (H) 11:30
December 9: Liverpool (H) 11:00
December 16: Everton (A) 11:00

January 13: Newcastle United (A) 12:30
January 20: Manchester City (H) 11:00
January 27: Leeds United (H) 11:30

February 10: Derby County (A) 12:00
February 17: Nottingham Forest (A) 12:30
February 24: Middlesbrough (H) 12:00

March 9: Manchester City (A) 11:30
March 16: Blackburn Rovers (H) 11:00

April 6: Liverpool (A) 11:00
April 13: Stoke City (H) 11:00
April 20: Wolves (A) 11:30
April 27: Sunderland (H) 12:30

May 4: Everton (H) 11:00

Manchester United U21s fixtures

2023/24 league season schedule

United under-21s fixture list in full

August 14: Crystal Palace (A) 13:00

September 23: Arsenal (H) 19:00
September 30: Blackburn Rovers (A) 12:00

October 27: Fulham (A) 19:00

November 4: Everton (H) 12:00

December 2: Tottenham (A) 13:00
December 4: Sunderland (A) 19:00

January 12: Chelsea (A) 19:00
January 27: Norwich (H) 19:00

February 9: Southampton (A) 19:00
February 17: Manchester City (H) 19:00

March 3: Derby County (H) 12:00
March 8: Middlesbrough (A) 19:00
March 18: West Brom (A) 19:00

April 7: Brighton (H) 12:00
April 14: Liverpool (H) 12:00
April 26: Nottingham Forest (A) 19:00

Frequently asked questions

How does one join Manchester United U18?

To Join Man Utd U18 you must be recommended by the club scout or a coach at Manchester United. The other option is that you must be able to raise your profile high in playing football and the best way out is to play for one one of the best local clubs. You can also fill out the registration form online to request a trial.

Who are the current Manchester United Academy goalkeepers>

Elyth Harrison, William Murdock and Thomas Miles are the current academy goalkeepers at Manchester United.  Elyth was born on 19 February 2006 and joined the academy on 1 July 2022.  William Murdock is a Yorkshire-born shot-stopper born on 26 May 2007 and joined the club on 1 July 2003.  Moreover, Thomas Myles comes from Preston and was born on 17 November 2005, joining the club on 1 July 2022. He is also a goalkeeper for United U21.

How is Manchester United Academy performing in the 2023/24 season?

Man United U18 are having an incredible 2023/24. They are currently top of the standings with 53 points after 20 games followed by Man City U18 who have 40 points after 18 matches below whom are Wolves U18, crowing the top three race.

Who is the current head coach for Manchester United Academy?

Adam Lawrence is the current head coach for Manchester United Academy. The tactician took charge of the amateur side for the 23/23 season, having previously coached the U16 side. Adam Lawrence had previously coached Millwall Academy and Charlton Atheltic where he spent many years nurturing youngsters into football stars.

Who are some of the most prolific Manchester United academy graduates in World Football today?

Man United is popular with nurturing youngsters into prolific football stars. Among the academy graduates making a huge mark in football today are David Beckham, Marcus Rashford,  and Tom Cleverly. Others include Joshua King, Ryan Giggs, Danu Welbeck, and Gary Neville. In the current senior team squad, Kobbie Maino and Alejandro Garnacho are some notable stars to have graduated from the Red Devils academy.


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