There could be a new talent in Manchester United’s academy to keep close track of.

Kai Corbett appears to have joined the club from West Ham, and has made an immediate impression.

Corbett was named on the bench for United’s under-18s against Blackburn Rovers on Saturday and listed on the teamsheets. He came on midway through the second half, and scored the winner.

United’s official website described Corbett as a trialist, writing: “It was a great moment and the trialist’s delight was shared by the numerous United players who engulfed him in celebration.”

But Corbett was named on the website in the initial match report, and is pictured below (and above) celebrating.

Kai Corbett of Manchester United U18s celebrates scoring their first goal (Photo by Tom Purslow/Manchester United via Getty Images)

And while the club officially say he is on trial, the Manchester Evening News report Corbett has signed for the club.

The report says he could even feature for United in the FA Youth Cup against Leeds this week. The Sun also report Corbett’s move to United.

Hammers News reports Corbett has been released by West Ham.

United have moved quickly to bring him to the club with a view to a deal.

 

Who is Kai Corbett?

Corbett is just 17-years-old and plays as a winger. He has netted four goals in 11 under-18 games for West Ham’s team this season.

Most notably he played for the under-21s in the EFL Trophy, and played a role in a stunning comeback against the Newport County first team.

He scored an equalising fourth goal after the Hammers were 4-1 down, before going on to win 5-4.

Corbett impressed last April for West Ham’s under-17s in America, scoring four goals.

The entire circumstances of his departure from West Ham are unclear, but this is the time of year where players who are not renewing with their current clubs often start popping up on trial elsewhere with a view to the future. And if West Ham have told him he is free to leave, this fits.

The young midfielder looks to have made a positive instant impression. The weekend’s game really could not have gone much better.

United would be unlikely to announce a move until the summer in any case even if he has signed, when the yearly list of academy scholars for the forthcoming season is traditionally announced.

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