Chelsea and Manchester United have joined forces at academy level in a move designed to aid both club’s youth development.
The Premier League rivals recently sent their academies to St George’s Park, the home of the football association, where the two teams were able to play against one another and socialise afterwards.
The unique move has been agreed in the hope that removing the youngsters from their comfort zone will ultimately benefit them when they make the jump to senior level.
According to the Daily Mail, the two teams aim to make an ‘elite playground’ that reaffirms their status as the leading academies in English football.
The Red Devils are famed for their producing young players and currently boast the likes of Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard in Jose Mourinho’s squad.
Chelsea have been heavily criticised for their loan system but the Blues have won the FA Youth Cup in five of the last seven seasons.