Manchester United have introduced a new programme to increase their links with local schools and grassroots clubs.
Over the next three years, the club will try to work with over 20,000 children and young people in Greater Manchester.
The emerging talent programme will deliver a range of projects including a regular football tournament for primary and secondary school children.
It will also help United identify promising young footballers in the region before developing them at the Aon Training Centre in Carrington.
“Involving and engaging with a core of local talent is fundamental to everything we do at the academy,” said United’s head of academy, Nick Cox.
“In order to do this we are committed to our presence and activity within our local community in Manchester and beyond.
“The emerging talent programme enables us to radically increase the number of schools, grassroots clubs and communities that we interact with across Manchester and the north-west, allowing us to create a wider coaching network with better exposure to local footballing talent.
“As well as identifying talent, our aim is to give young people that are passionate about football an opportunity to have an experience of Manchester United.”
United’s academy is renowned for producing exciting young players, with Marcus Rashford, Brandon Williams and Mason Greenwood currently in the first team.