Manchester United defender George Tanner has signed his first professional contract, the club confirms. He’s made nine appearances in the u18 Premier League, coming out on top against Sunderland and Stoke City earlier this month, while being on the losing team just once.
The teenager, from Blackpool, was reportedly converted from a winger into a fullback, having been coached at United’s Aon Training Complex. He can play on both flanks in defence and midfield. In addition to being a young Red Devil who has made around 40 appearances at youth level, Tanner has also represented England u17s and u18s.
In addition to turning out for youth coach Nicky Butt, the defender has also featured in the UEFA Youth League, making five appearances. He’s helped United reach next month’s play-off with Serbian side Brodarac – having overcome the likes of FC Basel, CSKA Moscow and Benfica.
According to the club website, academy coach Kieran McKenna has been full of praise for the teen’s versatility and character, which suggests he could have a bright future ahead of him. Tanner has been in the reserve side once this season but didn’t come off the bench against Sunderland u23s.