Manchester United sign Republic of Ireland defender Lee O’Connor


Manchester United have signed the highly rated Irish full-back Lee O’Connor from Villa FC Waterford.

The Old Trafford outfit have been monitoring the 15-year-old for quite some time and have secured his services now according to Manchester Evening News.

O’Connor has been in splendid form off late and was recently named as Ireland’s Under-15 player of the year. The award was presented to him by another Manchester United target Seamus Coleman.

Manchester United are planning a complete overhaul of their academy and the Red Devils have made a number of signings over the last few months to add to their pool of young talent at Carrington.

The new Manchester United head of academy Nicky Butt also confirmed this last month and claimed that Manchester United are likely to make a number of signings.

“We’re short on a few numbers in the different age groups and it’s something we need to address,” he said.

“It’s the same as any other club. We all want to attract the best young players in Europe, at whatever age, and we’re exactly the same. We want to attract the best players we can from all over Europe and bring them into what we feel is already a great set-up.”

Recently Manchester United signed the highly-rated American teenager Matthew Olosunde and are being linked with moves for Nishan Burkart and Tahith Chong from the Eredivisie.

Lee O’Connor is set to become one of the youngest players in the Under-18s squad next season and will be the first Irish player to join Manchester United from Waterford since John O’Shea.

The move has also been confirmed by Waterford’s official twitter account.


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