Irish defender Lee O’Connor is absolutely delighted to be joining Manchester United this summer and says he’s joining one of the biggest clubs in world football.
The 15-year-old Republic of Ireland defender will join Man United from Waterford based Villa FC and he follows in John O’Shea’s footsteps, so he’s certainly got somebody to look up to.
Speaking to the Waterford News and Star (quotes via MEN), O’Connor made it clear how happy he was to be joining United and said he wouldn’t want have wanted to go anywhere else after visiting.
“I suppose for me in the end it wasn’t a very difficult decision to make,” O’Connor said.
“From the moment I went over to Manchester United, I just knew that there was no point me thinking about signing for any other club and I always wanted to go there.
“I want to develop as a football player and I want to become the best player that I can be by signing for one of the biggest clubs in world football. It was the best place for me to go.
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“It’s the place with the best coaches and the best facilities so in that way, it was easy.
“When I went over to Manchester United I was lucky enough to train with the likes of Marcus Rashford and I’ve met many of the top players but the thing is I’ve signed for Manchester United in the hope of playing for the first-team.
“I’m going there because I want to play football. I want to play for the first-team of Manchester United and I’ll be honest, I wouldn’t be making this move unless I felt that I was good enough.
“I don’t think that Manchester United would want me to sign for them either if that’s what they didn’t want me to do.”
O’Connor will not be the only teenager arriving at United’s academy this summer with Feyenoord’s Tahith Chong expected to come in as well as a host of others as part of Nicky Butt’s rebuilding of our academy.
At 15, O’Connor is very young so it’s unlikely we’ll see him in an around the U21s set-up for at least a couple of years but he’ll be in the perfect place to develop as a player.
Our academy has been criticised following the emergence of Manchester City’s but O’Connor has chosen United as the place he wants to grow and as with any new signing, I’ll be excited to see how he gets on.