Official: United sign highly-rated starlet

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Manchester United have signed teenage defender Declan Dalley.

According to talkSPORT, the 16-year-old centre-back impressed during a trial spell with the club and has now put pen to paper. The youngster - who was previously on the books of Cardiff - is now set to move to Manchester in preparation for pre-season training, which will begin in July.

United have a fine history of nurturing young talent - and have produced some of the greatest talents to grace the British game - and Dalley could well become the next name off the Old Trafford production line.

During his 24 years at the United helm, Sir Alex Ferguson has seen the likes of Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes move through the Old Trafford ranks, while - in more recent times - the Scot has blooded the Da Silva twins and Federico Macheda.

The latter is currently enjoying a loan spell in Serie A with Sampdoria, while Mame Birmam Diouf, Tom Cleverley and Danny Welbeck are gaining valuable first team experience in the Barclays Premier League.


Ferguson has been pleased with the progress made by his young stars and has confirmed all of them will return to the United fold for next season - and will get plenty of match time at Old Trafford next season.

"They will come back into the first-team squad and they will get plenty of games next season," Ferguson told the Manchester United website.

"They are part of the band of young players coming through at this club. They will all come back in.

"At that point, we will then review our squad because that's the important thing.”


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