How Kieran O'Hara has fared since his permanent Manchester United exit
Kieran O’Hara will have known his chances of a Manchester United breakthrough were slim.
As a goalkeeper, at a club with David de Gea, Dean Henderson and Sergio Romero in their ranks, O’Hara could only await a first-team opportunity for so long.
And so it proved, when he left United permanently last summer.
O’Hara joined United’s youth team in 2012 and regularly impressed at that level. He went on to make 28 appearances for the U23s but a first-team debut eluded him.
He spoke often of his dream to make it at Old Trafford. Yet a series of loan spells was not enough to catch a United manager’s eye.
In truth, it was De Gea’s presence at United that rendered any chance all but impossible.
Earlier in O’Hara’s Old Trafford career, Romero was still in the fold, while a certain youngster by the name of Henderson was making waves.
Back in September, O’Hara left United permanently. So how has he fared?
The Republic of Ireland international enjoyed a fine loan spell at Burton Albion. So it was no surprise when they signed him last summer.
After a temporary spell in which he kept 12 clean sheets in 43 appearances, the former United prospect would have expected far more this time round.
Yet he has managed just 17 appearances in all competitions.
A way to go
At just 24, O’Hara is still years from his peak. Yet he has a way to go before he is back doing what he does best.
O’Hara started the season on the bench before playing six successive League One games.
After a brief stint out of the team, he was back for nine games but he failed to keep a single clean sheet.
More tellingly, the former United prospect shipped 19 goals in five matches as Burton lost them all. And he has not got a game since.
In that time, O’Hara’s new club have lost just twice in 10 outings and have kept six clean sheets.
With that kind of record, it is no surprise the summer signing has been left twiddling his thumbs on the bench.
O’Hara’s time will come again. Yet it is fair to say things have not gone perfectly since he left United for the final time.