Five facts about Manchester United under-21 captain James Weir

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The 20-year-old has been called up to the senior squad.

Manchester Untied take on Newcastle United this evening at St James Park and one man who will be hoping it is a memorable day is James Weir - who has been included in the travelling squad for the game in the North East this evening.

He will hope to get the nod for the first-team this evening and join the likes of Cameron Borthwick-Jackson and Axel Tuanzebe who have recently made the breakthrough from the reserves.

So who is he?

1) Weir joined Manchester United from hometown club Preston North End in 2008 and is a 20-year-old attacking midfielder.

2) He has been fantastic for the United under-21s this season, which is likely why he got this call-up. He has scored three times in 10 appearances for the side this season and has also been the captain of the side.

3) He first began training with the United first-team a year ago and has sporadically got involved with the senior set-up at the Aon Complex ever since.

4) He has also been recognised at international level, playing for England at under-16 and under-19 level.

5) Weir may be an attacking midfielder by trade but he is supremely versatile. He has played a lot of football at full-back, on the wing or as a more defensive minded midfield operator.

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