The EDS (Elite Development Squad) reached the knockout stages of the UEFA Youth League for the fourth successive season, eventually knocked out by semi-finalists Real Madrid. Although they were defending champions of the Premier League International Cup, the team failed to reach the knockout stages of the 2015-16 competition.
Eight EDS players made their first team debuts this season, including two players – Tosin Adarabioyo and Brandon Barker – who have all been with the Club since the age of nine.
Two members of the EDS squad, Angelino and Shay Facey went on loan to sister-club New York City FC (NYCFC), and Eirik Johansen made a permanent move.
In January 2016, five NYCFC players trained with the Manchester City EDS squad as part of their pre-season preparation.
Head of the EDS, Patrick Vieira, was appointed Head Coach of NYCFC on 1 January 2016, at which point Simon Davies, former EDS assistant coach, took up the lead role. Together the duo had led the EDS to the knockout stages of the UEFA Youth League for three successive seasons, and won the first Premier League International Cup in 2014-15.