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Man Utd U23 coach Wood nominates 6 whizkids for fans to watch

Manchester United U23 coach Neil Wood has nominated six whizkids for fans to watch next season.

Wood says Brandon Williams, Ethan Laird, James Garner, Dylan Levitt, Ethan Galbraith and Arnau Puigmal are players who embody the attacking and hard-working spirit of the academy sides.

“You saw them all the way through as they came up in the system and it was part of their identity really," Wood told the United website.

“Brandon especially and Ethan too, they like to defend but love to attack as well. If you can get those two flying up and down, it is some sight to watch them. It's exciting and we were creating chances.

“It was good to watch but demanding for them and we demand that off them. Sometimes I thought they might be thinking 'give us a break' really but they kept going and you've seen Brandon has got his rewards and done exceptionally well with the first team. Ethan has also recently been training with the first team as well and I am very pleased with them.

“When you think of the midfielders we had in there, we'd got Jimmy Garner, Dylan Levitt and Ethan Galbraith – a good mix of talent as they have all got different things that complement each other so well.

“At times, Arnau Puigmal pushed into there as well to add something different as he likes to run forward and attack and scored some goals for himself. With the vision, creativity and range of passes, plus the accuracy, that those lads can play, it was a vital component of the team."

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