Louis van Gaal will invite non-league starlet Sam Grimshaw to join Manchester United on their pre-season tour of the United States after impressing on a recent trial at Old Trafford.
According to the Mail on Sunday, the 21-year-old will get chance to mix it with the Red Devils first-team when they travel to North America in July following a successful two-week stint with the Premier League giants.
Grimshaw, who currently plies his trade for Glossop North End, will link up with the senior squad for high-profile friendlies against Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona as the veteran Dutch coach assesses whether the player has what it takes to forge a career at the Theatre of Dreams.
A left-back of left winger by trade, the talented youngster started his football career in the youth team at local rivals Manchester City, but he was allowed to leave the Etihad Stadium after the Citizens deemed him not good enough to make the grade at the top level.
However, after catching the eye of Red Devils coaches during a brief stint at their Carrington training base, Grimshaw could get another opportunity to prove he has the credentials required to play in England's top-flight.
On Saturday he featured as a second half substitute in the FA Vase final at Wembley, but was unable to prevent his current employers from ending up on the wrong side of a 2-1 defeat against North Shields after extra time.
Asked about Grimshaw after the game, Glossop manager Chris Willcock confirmed Manchester United's intentions to take another look at the player.
"He's been invited with Man United now to go on tour to America which is a great coup for the club really, so we’ll see how that develops," he explained. "Once the Premier League window opens, regarding signing players, watch this space. We’ll see what happens.
"He’s a young man who’s got really good qualities, still learning the game, and I’m sure being around a club of the stature of Manchester United will only improve anybody."
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