Ogo Obi impresses on Manchester United trial

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Manchester United trialist Ogo Obi impressed once again for the youth team in their latest Milk Cup outing.

The 16-year-old striker netted twice in a stunning 11-0 win over Gold Coast Academy on Monday, showing why he’d been invited to join the Premier League club on their tour of Northern Ireland from Watford.

Goals & assists

His brace came inside the opening 20 minutes, and he followed that up with two assists for the young Red Devils in a 3-0 win over County Armagh yesterday (Tuesday). Jordan Thompson and Demetri Mitchell were the beneficiaries, both in the first-half.

Obi’s talents are known to clubs in the Premier League, with the Daily Mail reporting a fortnight ago that both Arsenal and Liverpool had been monitoring the teenager.

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It was Manchester United who were granted permission to take the forward on trial however, and Obi has capitalised on the opportunity with both goals and assists in the U18 competition.

Watford don’t want to lose the youngster, and have already offered him a place on their scholarship scheme alongside a one-year contract. However, he’s biding his time to see how the trial with the Red Devils develop.

Long-term prospect

Were the former Premier League champions to sign the player, he wouldn’t be touching the first team anytime soon. However, it would be a move that continues to show Manchester United are building for the future under new boss Louis van Gaal.

The Dutchman has already drafted in 19-year-old Luke Shaw at Old Trafford this summer, whilst Ander Herrera has plenty of years ahead of him at 24.

He’s also shown a willingness to play some of the other youngsters at the club during the pre-season tour of America, with the likes of Michael Keane, Tyler Blackett and Wilfried Zaha all featuring at different stages this summer.

Van Gaal impact

The former Netherlands boss gives an aura of a man who would be involved in transfers at all levels of the club, and Obi might just be key signing this summer for years to come rather than the immediate future - if they can land him at the expense of the Championship side.

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