Football Today, June 28, 2022: Wes Brown backs Manchester United youngsters to have a chance under Erik Ten Hag

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Brown: Children will have a chance

Former Manchester United defender Wes Brown is confident the club’s youngsters will have the chance to impress under Erik ten Hag.

The Dutchman had his first day with his players at Carrington yesterday as a number of squad members returned for pre-season.

United are yet to sign a contract which means opportunities for James Garner, Hannibal Mejbri and Co in pre-season friendlies in the coming weeks.

Brown said: “I think, for me, the main thing is that they get their chance. They’ll be the ones to come back early.

“I think the right thing too, [is that] the manager, he’ll probably give them a chance.

“At Ajax, he was historically known for playing with young players, bringing in young people.

“I’m pretty sure he’ll understand that, and he’ll want to see how they look in the shirt. He’ll want to see how they look under pressure. [and] what he thinks they might be able to do in a team like he’s trying to produce.

“He will definitely give them chances on this pre-season tour because we’re going to have to use a lot of them because people will be coming back late.”

jesus put for medical

Gabriel Jesus closes in on move to Arsenal

Gabriel Jesus has arrived at Arsenal’s training ground as he looks to complete his move from Manchester City.

The Brazilian, 25, will undergo his medical today and was pictured giving Edu a warm hug as he got out of the car at London Colney.

His compatriot is the technical director of the Emirates and was instrumental in securing the £45million transfer.

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta worked with Jesus when he was assistant manager at City and made him his No.1 target up front.

He will be the Gunners’ second signing this summer after Fabio Vieira joined Porto for £34m last week.

Behind the scenes at Arsenal

The first trailer for Arsenal’s All or Nothing documentary, a behind-the-scenes look at last season, has dropped ahead of the August premiere.

The popular Amazon series returns as they spend nine months with Mikel Arteta’s side as they simply failed to qualify for the Champions League.

Arteta is seen referring to their poor start to the campaign, which saw them bottom of the league after three games.

It also shows dressing room speeches, celebrations and clips from Arsenal training during a turbulent 2021-22 season.

The series will air on Amazin Prime on August 4 for all subscribers to watch.

Villa Blueprint Stadium Upgrades

Aston Villa plans to demolish the North Stand and redevelop it to increase capacity
Aston Villa plans to demolish the North Stand and redevelop it to increase capacity

Aston Villa have revealed plans to expand Villa Park and increase capacity to over 50,000.

Plans are to tear down the current North Stand and replace it with a more modern and larger version.

Villa also want to create a large community center behind the Trinity Road stand, which currently holds fans and would be linked to the new development.

The club want work to start in 2023 and expect it to take two years, but they must first go through a period of planning consultation.

Christian Purslow said: “We are delighted to share our vision for Villa Park to become a world-class sporting venue and a thriving community destination.

“It’s important that we get feedback from our local community, fans and organizations as we want them to play a key role in shaping the next chapter in Villa Park’s illustrious history.

“The redevelopment of the stadium is vital for the club to meet growing demand.

“By improving the hospitality offering at Villa Park, we want to enhance the matchday experience and create a year-round entertainment venue for the benefit of the community and our fans.”

Kompany at home in Burnley

Vincent Kompany enjoyed his first week as a Burnley week
Vincent Kompany enjoyed his first week as a Burnley week

Vincent Kompany is already enjoying being on the “other side” of Burnley after his first week in charge of Lancashire.

The 36-year-old former Man City defender was in the visitors’ side at Turf Moor on several occasions during his career.

And now that he’s seen the first-class facilities Burnley have, he believes that, combined with the hostile crowd, it’s the perfect environment for a successful term.

Kompany boss: “It’s amazing. I’ve been on the other side of ‘you have to go to Burnley and it’s a tough place to go’ for so many years. You associate it with a more image dark just because it’s hard.

“When you come here it’s all about a high performance environment. There’s everything you would need as a young player to push yourself and improve.

“You add that to the fact that we have this traditional side with the fans and with the stadium, and that’s exactly what you need in football.

“It’s an aspect of being close to your club community and, at the same time, having everything you need to perform because that’s what people order.”

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