Manchester United hand trial to Sunderland starlet

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Manchester United have handed a trial to Sunderland reserve team defender Louis Laing.

The Daily Mail report the Premier League champions have handed the 21-year-old centre-back a trial after it was revealed Laing was to be released by Sunderland at the end of the season.

Laing, who was dubbed the new John Terry during his teenage years, will spend the rest of the week on trial at Manchester United.

The Sunderland starlet is unlikely to be affected by David Moyes' recent departure from Old Trafford as he will be training with Manchester United's development side.

Laing could even make an appearance for Warren Joyce's Under-21 side on Thursday against Reading before Manchester United make a decision whether to sign the stopper on a permanent basis at the end of the season.

The youngster, who made his Premier League debut for Sunderland in May 2011, represented England at every level until he was 19.

Laing trained with Championship outfit Blackburn Rovers earlier this month - but has this week been granted permission to prove his worth at fellow north-west outfit Manchester United.

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