Manchester United have signed 20-year-old free agent Kai Plumley as a backup goalkeeper for the academy sides.

The young man joins the Red Devils ranks after being released by Oxford United at the end of last season. He never actually made a first-team appearance for the Southern club but did feature on the bench seven times for the club.

He also had numerous loan spells where he learned valuable experience, including spells at lower-tier clubs such as Weston-super-Mare and Beaconsfield.

Now he finds himself at United, where he’ll take up a role in the academy setup.

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Kai Plumley to join academy setup

As per the MEN, Plumley is expected to occupy a back-up role in United’s youth sides over the coming season and has been registered as one of the eligible U21 players on the club’s Premier League squad list.

Plumley adds to United’s ever-expanding team of new goalkeepers, with Andre Onana and Altay Bayindir also making the switch to Old Trafford this summer.

It was necessary for a keeper overhaul however, with David de Gea, Dean Henderson, Nathan Bishop and Matej Kovar all heading the other way.

We don’t think Plumley will be anywhere near the first-team frame, but it’s good to have a competent young keeper knocking about the academy sides. Plus – there’s a huge bonus with Plumley, that really follows the new way the club is heading in.

Plumley is a boyhood Red Devils fan

The young goalkeeper has been an avid Manchester United fan since he was a kid, as suggested by the image below.

This follows Erik ten Hag’s philosophy of bringing in layers that truly want to play for the club.

We welcome Plumley with open arms and wish him all the best!

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