Young­ster’s trans­fer to Reds is dream come true

Manchester Evening News - - SPORT - By CIARAN KELLY

UNITED’S new sign­ing Char­lie McCann is a life­long sup­porter of the club and has been rated as an ‘un­be­liev­able tal­ent’ by Coven­try City’s acad­emy chief.

The 15-year-old is the lat­est young­ster to put pen to pa­per with the club’s acad­emy af­ter eight years with the League Two out­fit.

The mid­fielder made his Eng­land un­der-16s de­but against Uruguay in July and scored his first goal for the Young Lions against Qatar just a few days later.

McCann has been on Coven­try’s books since the age of seven and was be­gin­ning to make a name for him­self at the club, but it is un­der­stood he would have only left for United.

And the club’s head of acad­emy, Rich Stevens, be­lieves he has a very bright fu­ture ahead of him.

“When a big foot­ball club come knock­ing, and it is the club that Char­lie sup­ports, you must let him go and have that ex­pe­ri­ence,” he told the club’s web­site .

“We did not want to sell him, we did not need a fee for him even though there was a fee in­volved.

“Char­lie goes with com­plete sup­port from me and the rest of the staff from the acad­emy.

“He has been un­be­liev­able for us, even mak­ing his Eng­land de­but back in Au­gust.”

United’s acad­emy over­haul un­der Nicky Butt has gath­ered pace this sum­mer fol­low­ing the ar­rivals of Ar­nau Puig­mal, Largie Ra­mazani and Millen Baars.

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