Manchester United have confirmed the signing of another academy prospect, with centre-back Max Dunne the next player to get a first professional contract.
The 18-year-old, born this side of the millennium, is the sixth player to recently become professional, joining Angel Gomes, Aidan Barlow, Aliou Traore, Arnau Puigmal and George Tanner who have all been recently signed.
Dunne has mostly played in the u18 Premier League, making eight appearances this season, but he’s also represented the u23s on one occasion in 2016/17 – Manchester City on September 9, 2016. The teenager boasts seven wins and a draw from the games he’s played this campaign.
Coach Kieran McKenna has described Dunne as a “tough, aggressive defender who is good in the air”, and the youngster could next be in action against Derby County on February 3.
Manchester United u18s are currently top of the u18 Premier League table with 27 points from 13 games this season, one point ahead of Liverpool, Everton and Manchester City, while having suffered just two defeats.
The Red Devils also boast the third-best defensive record too, in part to Dunne’s influence on the pitch. He’s helped United to consecutive wins this month, and the side have conceded one or fewer goals in six of his last eight league appearances. He could have a bright future in Manchester.