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Manchester United take New York Red Bulls prospect Matt Olosunde on trial

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Manchester United have taken New York Red Bulls youngster Matt Olosunde on trial, with a view to signing him up on a permanent basis.

As reported by the Daily Mail, the 16-year-old, who can play both centre-back and right-back, is training with United during their tour of the States and hopes to impress the coaching staff.

The defender has been involved in the USA youth set-up since he was 13 and has been named in their squad for the under-17 World Cup in Chile this October.

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The addition of the young American would see him join the youth set-up at Old Trafford as the exciting prospect honed his talents to attempt to break into the first team.

He would be seen as a like for like replacement for the recently departed Reece James, who joined League One side Wigan Athletic for an undisclosed fee, having failed to make a single league appearance during his time at Old Trafford.

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The 21-year-old was part of United's pre-season tour of America 12-months ago, scoring two goals in the 7-0 demolition of LA Galaxy. His only competitive appearance coming in the embarrassing 4-0 League Cup defeat to MK Dons last season. He also spent time on-loan at Carlisle, Rotherham and Huddersfield.

Louis van Gaal has already added a right-back to his squad this summer in Matteo Darmian. The £12.75 million signing from Torino has been brought in to compete with Antonio Valencia for a first-team spot and the Dutch manager recently claimed he would be back up to the Ecuadorian come the start of the season.

United have also been hunting a central defender with Sergio Ramos and Nicolas Otamendi being linked with a move to Manchester all summer. A move for Ramos seems to be hinging on the outcome of the players showdown talks with Real Madrid president Florentino Perez in the upcoming days.

Otamendi looked the more likely option to join the Red Devils following Valencia's decision to leave him out of their kit promotion for the upcoming season. However, the Express have recently reported that the Argentinian has enrolled his kids into a school in Valencia, fuelling speculation he will remain in Spain.

Van Gaal's men have kicked off their summer tour of the United States with two victories over Culb America and San Jose Earthquakes. Their new additions Memphis Depay, Darmian, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin have all played a role in the win.

They play against Barcelona in their second game on the International Champions Cup on Saturday as they look to defend the only piece of silverware won in 2014.

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