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Saudi’s Mohamed Al Sahlawi set for training period at Manchester United

Mohamed Al Sahlawi

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The head of the General Sports Authority in Turki Al Sheikh, has confirmed on Wednesday that Saudi Arabia striker Mohamed Al Sahlawi is set to undergo a training period at Manchester United.

Turki Al Sheikh announced via his personal twitter account that Al Nassr’s striker is set to undergo a three-week training at Manchester United after his poor outings this season despite ending last year on a high.

The 31-year-old striker was joint-top scorer of the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers with 16 goals in Saudi Arabia’s road to qualify to the World Cup in Russia.

Al Sahlawi will become the second Saudi player to use Manchester United’s facilities this season after Fahad Al Muwallad spent a period there a few months ago before his move to Levante last January.

Al Sheikh has been at helm of the country’s development of players as an overhaul saw the Saudi FA strike a deal with La Liga that saw nine players move to several clubs in Spain’s first and second divisions on a six-month loan last January. Unfortunately, things have not went to plan as none of them has featured for their clubs yet.

In their March friendlies, Saudi Arabia drew their first encounter against Ukraine while lost their second against Romelu Lukaku and Marouane Fellaini’s Belgium. Al Sahlawi looked off against the latter which sparked immediate action from Al Sheikh.

Saudi Arabia has been drawn in Group A of the competition to be held in June, alongside the Egyptian national team hosts Russia and Uruguay.

Youssef Wael is a massive Al Ahly and Manchester United supporter from Cairo, Egypt. One of the few Egyptians who never really wanted to have a career in football, just played it as a hobby. Wael also played squash for 7 years.

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