Rhys Bennett signs professional Manchester United contract

Manchester United academy defender Rhys Bennett has signed a professional contract with the club.

Bennett, 18, is expected to play a more prominent role with the under-23 team during the next 12 months.

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Bennett posted a message on Instagram with a message saying his ‘hard work starts now’.

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Who is Rhys Bennett?

Bennett, 18, has been playing for Manchester United’s under-18s side for the last two seasons, making his debut and scoring his first goal at 16.

The teenager is a centre-back, who has made 25 total appearances for the under-18s.

Bennett has gone onto make four starts in the UEFA Youth League this season, helping United to reach the knockout stages.

He has also made two appearances for the under-23s this season, including featuring in the win over Leeds, which saw him share a starting line-up with Amad.

His new contract is a sign United see a future for him beyond this season, in the under-23s. With Teden Mengi send out on loan, there will be chances for Bennett to step up over the second half of the campaign.

Bennett spent a week training with League One side AFC Wimbledon earlier this year as part of the club’s professional development programme.

The Manchester born defender’s new contract was welcomed by his teammates, who were quick to congratulate him on Instagram.

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