Irish Underage Star O’Connor Added To United Champions League Squad
Republic of Eire underage expertise, Lee O’Connor, has been added to Manchester United’s Champions League squad for the second leg of their quarter-final in opposition to Barcelona.
The 18-year-old United Academy participant was included in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad previous to final evening’s 1-Zero defeat to Barcelona in Previous Trafford however may but be named within the matchday squad for the return fixture provided that Luke Shaw is suspended.
O’Connor has made 83 appearances for the membership throughout three completely different age teams since becoming a member of the membership in from Villa FC of Waterford in 2016.
First-team coach, Kieran McKenna, has beforehand described the defender as a “stable and reliable character”.
“I believe he has accomplished unbelievable and has been an actual bonus,” stated McKenna.
“You by no means understand how a lad goes to settle in after coming from Eire and it’s an enormous step up from the extent he was taking part in at. He has been a extremely essential a part of the group at centre-half and in each full-back positions.
“I believe he’s a extremely gifted boy but additionally a really stable and reliable character, which is a crucial high quality to have in a defender.”
O’Connor was known as as much as the Eire squad by Martin O’Neill for his or her video games in opposition to Northern Eire and Denmark in November however didn’t characteristic in both sport.
The Waterford native was captain of the Eire U19 facet final yr, who’ve since certified for the European Championships and was subsequently recruited to Stephen Kenny’s U21 squad for his or her Euro Underneath 21 Championship Qualifier in opposition to Luxembourg.
He was beforehand shortlisted for the Manchester United Younger Participant of the 12 months prize after a stellar yr by which he was a part of the Man United facet that lifted the Underneath-18 Premier League North trophy.
O’Connor is at the moment a part of the membership’s Reserve facet and has featured at full-back for them this season. The teenager is listed on UEFA’s web site with a squad variety of 59.