Manchester United Appoint Ricky Sbragia As New U-23 Manager

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English giants Manchester United have announced the appointment of Ricky Sbragia as their new Under-23 manager. 

The 61-year-old was delighted to take over the reigns, and he will hope to get the Reserves performing well with his level of experience, as he feels it is an exciting time for the club.

Following his appointment, he stated: “I couldn’t be happier to be back at Manchester United. It’s an exciting time for the club, with a new structure for the Academy and a relatively new set of coaches and management team.”

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Sbragia was previously the club’s reserves coach from 2002 to 2005, and helped the side win several trophies. His trophy haul included the likes of a Manchester Senior Cup, the Premier Reserve League North, and the Premier Reserve League National Championship in 2005.

Manchester United's Josh Harrop celebrates scoring their first goal with Axel Tuanzebe.

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Sbragia went on to coach across all levels with British clubs such as Bolton Wanderers, Sunderland, and the Scottish FA. That helped the decorated manager gain vital experience in the football world, and he will hope to work well with first team manager Jose Mourinho.

Meanwhile, head of coaching at the United youth academy, Nicky Butt, added: “Ricky brings a wealth of experience at all levels of football coaching. He has a great track record of developing young talent and is, of course, no stranger to Manchester United.”

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Written by Rajdeep Saha 

Sports journalist with stints across print, digital and television. Contribution to each medium has been thrilling. Experienced in writing for this passionate game called football. Journalist by choice and passion.


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