Lonsdale: United dream isn't over

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Former Manchester United trialist Max Lonsdale is refusing to give up on his dream of playing for the first team.

The 18-year-old shot to fame in the British national press after the story of him handing a CV to Sir Alex Ferguson personally at his house reached the papers, and a subsequent two week trial was extended to a month with the Red Devils.

After his release from Macclesfield Town, the teenager posted videos of his time at Moss Rose on YouTube, but decided to take a different approach when meeting the Scot.

"As I began to walk down the drive, the front door opened and there was Sir Alex. I'll never forget that moment. He just stood there, in front of the step, with his hands on his hips, watching me," Lonsdale told The Daily Mail.

"He was brilliant with me. I think he was a bit sceptical at first, but once he realised I was genuine and deadly serious about wanting to play for Manchester United, he was great."

Ferguson watched the DVD of Lonsdale handed over by the player, and instructed reserve team manager Warren Joyce to bring the left-sided midfielder to Carrington for a trial.

After appearing in a handful of reserve team matches during his time with the club, Lonsdale was called into a meeting to be told his time at the club wouldn't be extended further.

However, his belief that a future with Manchester United can still materialise remains strong, and after a trial with Doncaster Rovers. the future doesn't look to bad for the teenager.


"I played five reserve games in all, one alongside Darron Gibson, who said he couldn't believe I was only 18, and I trained with the likes of Darren Fletcher, Danny Welbeck and Tom Cleverley," he continued.

"It has been phenomenal. There have been over 150,000 hits on the YouTube video of me playing in a youth game and countless blogs from Manchester United fans, wishing me well and wanting to know how I'm doing.

"I just need to work hard at my next club, keep developing physically and try to find a bit more pace and it can still happen for me. The dream of making it at Manchester United isn't over."

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