The Manchester City youth team will play the first ever competitive game for the club at the new £200million training complex on Thursday.

They will host Oxford United in the third round of the FA Youth Cup, and become the first City side to grace the 7,000-seater stadium that has been designed for their reserve and academy sides.

Sunday saw Manchester Metropolitan University students’ teams enjoy the first ever games on the pitch, but Thursday will be the first time a Manchester City side takes to the field, which lies adjacent to the Etihad Stadium.

The capacity this time however is limited to just 2,000 people, and counts as a test event that the venue must complete in order to obtain a license from authorities.

The City senior side will also mark the opening of the stadium next week, as they host an open training session for fans.

City Under-19s captain Kean Bryan said: “We have been here about a month now and to be a young player and looking across to see men like Aguero, Kompany and Silva training in the same complex, is unreal.

“To get to the top, these are the kind of facilities you will need and hopefully one day I can get there, along with the other youngsters.”

Posted on 16/12/2014