Reds young­ster in amaz­ing can­cer bat­tle

Manchester Evening News - - FRONT PAGE - By DO­MINIC BOOTH

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:

KEY IN­FOR­MA­TION

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.

UNITED IM­PACT

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

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