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16-year-old Man United starlet spotted in first-team training as Robin van Persie watches on



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Robin van Persie is watching Manchester United training at Carrington this week as a mandatory part of gaining his UEFA Pro Licence.

Van Persie, 40, was given Erik ten Hag’s blessing to join up with the squad at the training base, with the Dutchman required to spend time at an international club away from current side Feyenoord, where he is a youth coach.

The former striker is always well-received when he returns to Old Trafford. He was in attendance for United’s 3-0 win over West Ham on the weekend and received some advice from his old boss Sir Alex Ferguson.

Robin was pictured in training images on Wednesday afternoon, but he was not the only interesting character to crop up on the Carrington pitches.

16-year-old Harry Amass was included in the training with the first-team squad ahead of their visit to Villa Park this weekend.

Harry Amass (left) and Toby Collyer (right) in Manchester United first-team training

The talented teen was signed by United last summer from Watford, where he was in and around the first-team squad at just 15 years of age.

Amass has been a highlight for the successful Under-18s side so far this term, who are yet to drop a single point in their U18s Premier League North campaign thus far.

The left-back has drawn comparisons to Luke Shaw with his style of play. He is extremely comfortable in possession and press-resistant.

Adam Lawrence’s side have won consecutive games against Manchester City, Leeds United, Liverpool and Arsenal over the last month. Amass played 90 minutes in each of those games and registered an assist against The Peacocks.

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Amass was joined by fellow youngsters Sam Mather and Toby Collyer in training with Erik ten Hag’s squad. The former scored all four goals in a 4-2 win against Norwich City at Old Trafford for the Under-21s late last month.