PHOTO: Thorpe, McNair and Pereira in United first-team training

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Manchester United's trio of young guns have been pictured training with the first-team today.

Tom Thorpe, Paddy McNair and Andreas Pereira have been pictured in training with the first-team today as they prepare to make the step-up to senior football.

All three academy products are needed by United after a succession of injuries have left them rather short of numbers, and Thorpe and McNair may be required to fill in in defence during the club's fixture at the weekend.

The Red Devils take on West Ham United with a depleted back-line and Louis Van Gaal, as a result, may be first to plunge the academy products into first-team duties.

If they are to join the side then they will have to show great maturity as they will enter a team low on confidence. 

United's defensive deficiencies have been exposed even when they have had their first choice defenders available and it makes the job of any youngster ready to make the step up even harder.

The Red Devils have won just once so far this campaign and another defeat at the weekend would threaten to plunge them further into crisis, meaning tensions at Old Trafford are likely to be high. 

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