United miss out on ‘next Hart’

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Manchester United have missed out on young goalkeeper target George Long after he penned a new deal at Sheffield United.

The 18-year-old stopper has been dubbed ‘the new Joe Hart’, despite making just three senior appearances thus far for the Blades.

Long shot to prominence at Bramall Lane during the U18 team’s journey to the FA Youth Cup final last season, losing to the Red Devils over two-legs in the final.

His performances didn’t go unnoticed by Sir Alex Ferguson though, with reports in The Sun back in December claiming the Scot was leading a three-way race to sign the player.

However, Sheffield United boss Danny Wilson has managed to fend off the interest from the Premier League teams, and is delighted that the teenager has decided to sign a long-term contract that keeps him in Yorkshire.

"I didn’t see Joe Hart but I heard how good he was at that age. I think George also has the potential to have a very strong career and follow that line," said Wilson.

"Whether he can get to England number one? I don’t know. But I certainly think he will be a Premiership goalkeeper."

Long still has some way to go before breaking into the Three Lions ranks though, and is currently playing second fiddle behind Steve Simonsen at Sheffield United.

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