TRUE IN­SPI­RA­TION

Manchester Evening News - - SPORT - By SA­MUEL LUCK­HURST

OLE Gun­nar Sol­sk­jaer says Max Tay­lor is an ‘in­spi­ra­tion’ to his United team-mates as he pre­pares to make his de­but for the club.

The 19-year-old was last year di­ag­nosed with cancer and had his left tes­ti­cle re­moved on Oc­to­ber 4.

A CT scan showed that it had ‘spread through the ab­domen, the lymph nodes in the ab­domen and started a few specks on the lungs’.

The teenager en­dured an in­tense, nine-week course of che­mother­apy fol­lowed by a sin­gle day in­volv­ing as much as eight hours of chemo and four hours of hy­dra­tion.

Tay­lor has been named in the United squad for their penul­ti­mate Europa League group game at As­tana tonight and will start the game on the bench.

“It’s a fan­tas­tic story, to see him com­ing back,” Sol­sk­jaer said. “He’s been through some­thing no one should have to go through but he’s come through the other end. He’s an in­spi­ra­tion for all the play­ers.

“You can see when he’s out on the pitch there’s no fear any­more, he’s had fear in his life, when you’re on the foot­ball pitch you should en­joy your­self and I hope we can see him progress in his ca­reer.”

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