Josh Doughty passes Manchester United medical

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Canadian midfielder Josh Doughty appears to have passed a medical with Manchester United ahead of a dream move to Old Trafford.

The 17-year-old confirmed that he has now completed his medical with the 20-time Premier League champions via his Twitter account - and picked up by the Manchester Evening News - which prompted a long list of responses from excited Manchester United fans welcoming him to the club.

Doughty recently left Major League Soccer side Real Salt Lake and is now on the verge of joining the Red Devils, who are expected to take him into their youth setup.

Doughty's rise

As Doughty turns 18 in April, he will be eligible to play for the club's academy and Under-21 sides, and will also have permission to compete in the FA Youth Cup.

According to one source, Doughty is a central midfielder by trade but can also play out wide. He has played an integral role in the success Real Salt Lake's Under-16 side have enjoyed over the past two seasons and recently represented Canada in an Under-18 competition.

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Manchester United, clearly impressive with what they've seen from the midfielder, are now poised to offer him a contract.

Doughty faces biggest challenge yet

Of course, there are now guarantees that Doughty will ever make a senior appearance for the Red Devils' first team. Only the best academy players at Old Trafford are handed first-team debuts and competition for places is fierce.

Manchester United's youth side is full of talented players like Doughty, who will need to convince Under-21 coach Warren Joyce and other coaches that he deserves his place in one of the most prestigious youth academies in world football.

Pogba, Januzaj and Wilson

Even the most talented players have struggled to make it into United's star-studded starting line-up over recent years. The most famous example is Paul Pogba, who made a handful of first-team appearances before deciding to leave the club in 2012 for Juventus, where he has since established his reputation as the world's best young central midfielder.

But the likes of Adnan Januzaj and, more recently, James Wilson have proved that the most talented players in Manchester United's youth ranks will always get their chances to shine.

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