Manchester United have signed highly rated American youth prospect Matthew Olosunde. The 18 year old defender/midfielder has been signed straight from college, although he has spent time with the New York Red Bulls.
United received international clearance for Olusande this week and he has already made his first appearance as a United player during the Red Devils youngsters U18’s 3-2 loss at the hands of Brighton and Hove Albion U18’s on Friday (11 March).
Olusande had been drafted in from Duke University by New York Red Bulls as one of their six new recruits for the upcoming MLS season. However, United made their move and the exciting American has now made the move to Manchester over New York.
Duke’s University head coach John Kerr said, as quoted by the Manchester Evening News, said “Matthew is a fantastic player who is comfortable playing in the back or in midfield. He has wicked pace and has incredible defensive recovery speed. He has great one vs one instincts on both sides of the ball and will help us right away in a number of positions,”.
He’ll now be helping the Manchester United youth side, and hopefully the Manchester United first team in years to come.
Welcome to Manchester Matthew!
By Mark Goldbridge