Manchester United have signed under-18s defender Logan Pye to a professional contract.

Pye joined United last summer from Sunderland as part of a double move with Joe Hugill.

Rochdale v Manchester United U21: EFL Trophy
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Pye was just 16 at the time, and while he turned 17 in October, he has now signed a professional deal.

The teenager posted to Instagram to mark the big moment, hailing it as a proud day.

What does Pye offer Manchester United?

The 17-year-old is a left-back who has already represented England at youth level.

When he was just 16 he played for Manchester United’s under-21 side in the EFL Trophy against Rochdale.

Last season his season was halted by injury in early January. He had played 10 under-18 games and did not feature from February onwards in the league, although he did return for a FA Youth Cup match in March.

In his 10 games, Pye provided two assists, and United won eight of them.

Pye is now fit again, featuring for Manchester United’s under-23 side in the 5-1 midweek friendly victory over Stalybridge Celtic.

One of the difficulties Pye faces is that United brought in Alvaro Fernandez last summer too, from Real Madrid, and he made a strong impression, going onto provide five assists at under-23 level.

For now there are enough opportunities to go around, and Pye could flit between the under-18s and under-23s this season.

The young defender is well advanced physically for his age and it is possible United consider playing him at centre-back if there is a shortage of options, and cover on the left. But last season all of his appearances came at left-back.

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