Reds youngster in amazing cancer battle
MAX Taylor has received his first call-up into United’s senior squad at the end of a year that started with him undergoing chemotherapy.
The 19-year-old was diagnosed with testicular cancer last year and returned to training for the first time in 11 months in September. Taylor (right) has made two appearances for United Under-23s since then. Now the defender has been included in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad for tomorrow’s Europa League encounter with Astana in
Kazakhstan.“The position I was in this time last year, I was in my first few weeks where I had chemotherapy, I wouldn’t have thought, a year on, I’d be travelling with the first team,” said Taylor.
“It doesn’t matter what the environment is like, just being out there is massive. It’s been a dream since I can remember ever kicking a ball - being a Manchester United first-team player.
“Ole has given quite a few of us the opportunity to travel with the team and, hopefully, a few of us will get a game.”
UNITED have included youngster Max Taylor in a very youthful looking travelling squad for their Europa League clash with Astana. Here, we profile the young Reds player:
MAX Taylor (formerly Max Dunne), having changed his name in February 2019, is a 19-year-old centre-back. He’s a Mancunian who joined United in 2014 and made his name from 2016 with some solid displays for the club’s U18s.
During the 2018/19 campaign, he underwent treatment for cancer, but has recently made his return to action after successfully beating the illness after a course of chemotherapy.
TAYLOR made his debut for United’s U23s in the 2016/17 season, but featured largely for the Under-18s that season. He was stepping into the U23s when he required cancer treatment.
Taylor received the club’s support during his rehabilitation and made his return, his first appearance since undergoing surgery, against Swansea in October, having returned to training at Carrington in September.
He then played again for Neil Wood’s U23s against Sunderland last week.
WHAT TAYLOR HAS SAID
“I feel immensely proud and happy to be back on the training pitch with my team-mates and friends,” Taylor said on his return to action. “Without the invaluable support of my family, team-mates and, of course, the nurses and doctors, my return to training at this stage would not have been possible.
“I want to thank all of the club’s medical and sportsscience staff that I have worked with throughout my rehabilitation. The next step is to continue working hard in the gym and out on the grass to hopefully make my return.”
United youngster Max Taylor