Manchester United to welcome young Swedish striker Rines Arifi on trial

by Harry Robinson

Manchester United are set to welcome 14-year-old Swedish forward Rines Arifi on trial, the youngster has revealed.

The young attacking midfielder/striker is excited by the chance to impress Man United coaches with a trial in the coming weeks. He currently plays for a local team who Husie IF.

Arifi will travel to England at the end of October to train at United’s Carrington Aon Training Complex.

“It feels awesome and exciting,” Arifi said. “Manchester United have been my favourite team ever since I was little.”

His Dad, Hajriz, said: “It is not possible to describe how amazing it is to get a trial. He loves football a lot and he has been battling since he was six years old. He never misses a training session.”

United currently have one of the best scouting set ups in the world after Ed Woodward appointed nearly 50 new scouts over 18 months in a rapid shake-up of the recruitment system from youth teams to first team.

United have welcomed a number of players from Europe on trial in the last few months.

One was Poland U15s defender Lucas Bejger, who had a trial at the start of August, before moving across the city to Manchester City to try and impress coaches there, too.

The Reds signed a number of young players this summer to become scholars in the under-18s side alongside local boys. Arnau Puigmal, a creative box-to-box midfielder, arrived from Espanyol and scored a fantastic free-kick on his debut against Newcastle.

Largie Ramazani joined from Charlton Athletic, Ethan Galbraith came from Northern Ireland having played on trial for United’s under-16s on a number of occasions. Others included Aliou Traore, still waiting for international clearance, and Dishon Bernard, a defender from Chelsea.

United under-18s boss Kieran McKenna is also now finally able to use Millen Baars, signed from Ajax at the end of 2016 but who only got international clearance this summer. He scored in a number of pre-season friendlies.

The under-18s thrashed Wolves 6-1 on Saturday morning as Mason Greenwood scored a hat-trick aged 16 years and 13 days.

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