Manchester United have handed a trial to Glossop North End left-back Sam Grimshaw, and could sign the 21-year-old on a permanent deal if he impresses coaches at Old Trafford.
News of this surprise trial comes courtesy of ESPN, who claim sources have told them that United have taken the promising non-league “sensation” on trial to take a closer look.
Grimshaw, who spent nine years in the youth ranks of Manchester City, could follow in the footsteps of Sadiq El Fitouri, another former City youngster who penned an 18-month contract with the Red Devils after impressing on trial earlier this year.
Grimshaw to spend a week with United
The report adds that Grimshaw will spend a week with Manchester United, who appear to be scouring non-league football for promising players that have slipped through the net with Premier League clubs.
El Fitouri was plying his trade with Salford City FC and was recommended to coaches at Manchester United by Paul Scholes and Phil Neville, who were both convinced the right-back was too good for non-league football after watching him for the first time.
United coaches agreed and El Fitouri has enjoyed several run-outs for the club’s Under-21 side since signing a permanent deal with the Premier League giants. Grimshaw now has an excellent opportunity to do the same.
The left-back, who can also reportedly play as a left-sided winger, can apparently run 100m in under 11 seconds - and presuming he can run at that speed with the ball at his feet, United coaches will be seriously tempted to secure his services on a permeant deal.
Competition for places
Manchester United are, however, already well-stocked in the left-back position.
Luke Shaw, a £27 million summer signing from Southampton, is expected to become one of the world’s best left-backs in the coming years despite a somewhat difficult start to life at Old Trafford.
Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind have also played at left-back on occasions this season, and both players have impressed in that position.
Regardless of the intense competition for places, Grimshaw is unlikely to turn down the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to join Manchester United.
However, ESPN understand that Manchester United are not the only top club looking at the player, who may decide that he stands a better chance of playing regular first-team football elsewhere.
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