Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Reds Seal the Deal for Irish Teenager

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Reds Seal the Deal for Irish Teenager

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UNITED have completed the signing of 15-year-old Republic of Ireland defender Lee O'Connor.

Former Waterford full-back O'Connor is captain of Ireland Under- 16s and was last month named Ireland's Under-15 player of the year.

O'Connor received the award from Everton right-back Seamus Coleman, who attracted interest from United while David Moyes was in charge - and during Louis van Gaal's first season.

Head of academy Nicky Butt said last month United would make a number of academy signings.

"We're short on a few numbers in the different age groups and it's something we need to address," he said. "Something we are addressing and something we will hopefully get over the line in the next few weeks, in time for next season. …

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