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Man Utd academy coach Cochrane reveals plans for more innovations

New Manchester United academy chief Justine Cochrane says he'll seek to introduce his ideas gradually.

He was pivotal in the appointment of former Republic of Ireland international Paul McShane as development team player-coach and also helped launch United's pro experience programme, which recently started with a pair of youngsters spending a period with Sheffield Wednesday to help bridge the gap in experience to men's football.

He told PA Sport: “I've got a few other ideas but I've got to do it bit by bit.

“I'm conscious as well that I don't want to just come and just be doing lots of different things."

Cochrane has wasted no time understanding the quality in the youth system and is excited by the “fantastic talented players" coming through at United.

“When I'm here in evenings I'm looking at the 14s, the 15s, I watched the under-16s on Saturday, the 19s and 23s – I'm excited," the former Antigua and Barbuda international said.

“I'm excited by what can happen, I'm excited by where they can be in two or three years.

“That doesn't mean I'm going to say there's going to be five or six that are going to go and replace these players in the first-team.

“There will be players that have careers in the game and really good careers.

“It's our job – my job and the rest of the staff's job – to help these players keep developing but it is exciting. It really is.

“The support should be excited because there'll be players they'll see hopefully come through, some into the first team but others have great careers and Manchester United have been a really important part of their development."


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