Who is Charlie Wellens? The 16-Year-Old youngster training with Manchester United first team
Who is Charlie Wellens? The 16-Year-Old youngster training with Manchester United first team
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Who is Charlie Wellens? The 16-Year-Old youngster training with Manchester United first team

With injuries ravaging his side, Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer decided to hand midfielder Charlie Wellens a chance to have the first team experience on their Wednesday training.

This came as the team prepares to face Astana in their Europa League opener at Old Trafford on Thursday.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said youth team players would get a chance in Europe this season but not many were expecting Wellens to be present at training ahead of their opening fixture on Thursday night.

Wellens is a central midfielder who signed a scholarship with United this summer after impressing in the club's academy system.

He comes from a footballing family with his father Richie Wellens, who was a midfielder too in his playing days being the coach of League Two club Swindon Town.

Key Player

Wellens has been a key player for the Under 18s this season and has netted three goals in his five starts for the club in the current campaign.

Salford-born Wellens was one of 11 new faces to have been promoted to the Neil Ryan's youth team side for the current season, along with the likes of Noam Emeran and Iestyn Hughes.

Name: Charlie Wellens

Date of birth: December 5, 2002

Position: Central midfield

Nationality: English

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