Manchester United have had a bit of a bizarre summer but almost no one could've predicted former Tottenham and Hull City midfielder Tom Huddlestone getting a run out for the club – albeit for one of their youth teams!
The 35-year-old joined the Red Devils last month as player/coach for their U21 side, and came off the bench to star in their 2-1 win over Carlisle in the EFL trophy on Wednesday.
Competition rules allow two players over the age of 21 who made 40 or more senior appearances before 2019-20 to play, so Huddlestone's strange cameo was perfectly above board.
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Fans were nonetheless left baffled by the former England international's inclusion, with one tweeting: "Lol what is Huddlestone doing playing for our U21s?"
Another commented: "It’s an absolute joke and an insult to EFL clubs in my opinion," while a third said: "Ridiculous."
Others thought Huddlestone's appearance was funny, with one joking: "Good for the young lad to get some much needed experience. He's gonna go a long way!"
Another wrote: "Great experience for the young lads to play against him."
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Writing on social media after joining United earlier this month, Huddlestone said: "Over the moon to announce I have been given the opportunity at this amazing football club to help coach and develop the next generation of talent coming through the system.
"Grateful and honoured, now time to give back to the younger generation #MUFC."
Huddlestone made his name in the Premier League during his eight-year stint at Tottenham, though he also featured for Hull, Derby and Wolves. The midfielder also made four appearances for England, all during Fabio Capello's reign as boss.
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