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Man United Elevates Gifted Centre-Half to First-Team Set-Up Amid Defensive Injury Crisis

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Man United Elevates Gifted Centre-Half to First-Team Set-Up Amid Defensive Injury Crisis

Manchester United are facing a shortage of options at centre-back, prompting the promotion of young defender Jack Kingdon to first-team training.

With Raphael Varane and Jonny Evans both sidelined due to muscle injuries, along with Lisandro Martinez and Victor Lindelof, the defensive ranks are thin.

Harry Maguire and Willy Kambwala are the only fit centre-backs available, leaving an opportunity for Kingdon to potentially feature in the squad against Bournemouth on Saturday.

The 18-year-old has shown promising development, having started 13 league games for United’s Under-18s this season and making a total of 21 appearances for the academy. Kingdon, primarily a centre-back, has impressed with his performances in defence throughout the campaign.

Born in Bolton, Kingdon began his football journey with grassroots club FC Strikerz Avengers before moving to Morecambe at Under-12 level.

His talent was evident early on, as he made appearances for Morecambe’s Under-18s even when he was at Under-14 level.

United recognized Kingdon’s potential and signed him in November 2020 following a successful trial period.

Although he initially played various positions such as striker and midfielder at grassroots level, Kingdon has since thrived as a centre-back, known for his strength, pace, and ability to read the game effectively.

Standing at 6 feet 1 inch tall, Kingdon briefly explored rugby as a child but ultimately chose to focus on football.

He also showcased his athleticism by winning gold medals in sprint events at the Bolton United Harriers championships.

With eligibility to represent Scotland through his father, Kingdon has featured for Scotland’s youth teams and has even captained the side on occasions, indicating his leadership qualities and potential for the future.

Man United Elevates Gifted Centre-Half to First-Team Set-Up Amid Defensive Injury Crisis

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