Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Ireland Boss Full of Praise for United Youngster Lee

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Ireland Boss Full of Praise for United Youngster Lee

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NICKY Butt tipped off Roy Keane about Lee O'Connor ahead of the United prospect's call-up to the senior Republic of Ireland squad.

The 18-year-old, who is still to make a first-team appearance at Old Trafford, was included in Martin O'Neill's squad to face Denmark on Monday night after John Egan withdrew through injury.

O'Connor, a full-back comfortable on either side, has made 10 appearances for United's under-23 side this season and impressed academy director Butt so much that he called Keane, Ireland's assistant manager, to give him the heads-up.

And O'Neill has tipped the United prospect to forge a successful career.

"He is a very impressive young lad as Nicky Butt said to Roy Keane about him," he said. "He is a quiet guy who has done very well indeed. …

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