Manchester United are set to take promising youngster Coran Madden on trial as the club continue to look to Northern Ireland.
The Red Devils’ pursuit of the best youth talent in Britain continues with highly rated Cliftonville teenager Coran Madden set to go on trial at Manchester United.
Belfast Live report Madden has chosen Manchester United as one two academies he is permitted to undergo a trial at, along with Newcastle.
He is very highly rated in Northern Ireland where Manchester United got a close look at him at the recent SuperCupNI.
Coran Madden: What you need to know
Coran Madden is 14-years-old and plays for the academy at Cliftonville, one of Northern Ireland’s top teams.
Marc Smyth, head of youth, told Belfast Live: “Coran is just 14 and he is an exceptional talent. He can play 10, left wing, right wing – basically anywhere across the front.
“He is the best young talent in the country. He recently won player of the tournament at this summer’s SuperCupNI.
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He adds: “Every Premier League club has asked about him, but with the new rules a young player can only choose two clubs each year. So Coran has chosen Manchester United and Newcastle United.”
He listed Manchester City, Liverpool and Everton as clubs which Madden had turned down.
Explaining the decision further, he commented: “I think those clubs sold their vision to Coran and his family. All we can do is guide them in terms of what we think would be good for the boy and the family.”
Manchester United will invite Madden to Carrington and involve him in academy matches in his age group to take a look at him. If there is a desire from club and player to get a deal done, United will look to sign him up.
Christopher Atherton already on trial at Manchester United
Madden is the second promising talent from Northern Ireland to agree to a trial at Manchester United in the past week.
Christopher Atherton began a trial at Manchester United last week and this weekend scored in a youth game against Rangers.
Atherton, also 14, hit headlines when he made his first team debut for Glenavon at just 13, The Athletic reported.
Flourishing youth system at Manchester United
It is little wonder Manchester United is being viewed as an attractive club for top young talents. With a rich history of bringing creating stars, the academy is packed with exciting players right now.
With the under-18s winning the FA Youth Cup in 2022, combined with new manager Erik ten Hag being a keen advocate of promoting young talent, the first team is benefitting from the huge potential breaking through.
Alejandro Garnacho has established himself as a first team regular and Kobbie Mainoo is looking to do the same. More are expected to follow in the coming years, and if they sign Atherton and Madden will believe they have a chance, at a club which will give them opportunities if they are good enough.