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Sources: Manchester United confirm pre-season boost for forgotten starlet



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Manchester United will have a depleted pre-season tour squad, with many players expected to represent their nations at EURO 2024.

Erik ten Hag’s side face Manchester City in the final of the FA Cup on 25 May and will then either turn their attentions toward the summer tournament or rest and time away with family.

Kobbie Mainoo, Scott McTominay, Bruno Fernandes and Christian Eriksen are expected to be involved.

While Casemiro is not in the Brazil squad for the upcoming Copa America, he could be on his way out of the club in the summer with Saudi Pro League interest emerging.

Mason Mount could be the only first-team midfielder to be heading on tour with United, and so there will likely be some exciting academy names.

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However, while the current Under-18s side is filled with talent, many have forgotten about last year’s Denzil Haroun Reserve-Team Player of the Year.

Dan Gore, a combative central midfield player compared to Roy Keane, excelled during the pre-season tour last summer and made his first-team debut earlier this season against Crystal Palace in the Carabao Cup.

“I don’t think words can describe that feeling, seeing the fans, it is everything you’ve dreamed of, coming true,” he described the feeling on what was also his 19th birthday.

He was sent on loan to Port Vale when the January window came around to get consistent minutes in a first-team environment.

Unfortunately for the teenager, he suffered an injury early on his journey, which led to him playing only once for the League One outfit.

UtdDistrict understands that Gore spent much of the last few months during his rehabilitation between both Carrington and Vale Park to maximise the benefits of the loan, even though he couldn’t play games.

There was also initial hope that Gore would be fit before the end of the season. However, once Port Vale manager Darren Moore confirmed the teenager would miss the remainder of the campaign, he returned to Carrington permanently.

Club sources have also confirmed to UtdDistrict that Gore has returned to training with the first-team squad at Carrington and is working towards full fitness ahead of next season’s start.

It is yet to be seen whether United believe the best course of action for the 19-year-old is another loan move or to remain at Old Trafford and compete in the first-team squad next season.

However, with the midfield depth depleted due to the European Championships this summer, Gore is likely to have the opportunity to impress once again in pre-season.