Regan Poole has a chance to earn a deal at Manchester United this week.

Manchester United have gained a lot of attention this summer for their extravagant spending of big name talents and world-class stars. The likes of Ander Herrera, Angel Di Maria and now Radamel Falcao have all arrived at Old Trafford – the latter receiving a degree of criticism from some quarters.

His move saw home-grown Danny Welbeck head out of the club, joining Arsenal for £16 million. The decision to sell one of their young talents has been criticised by the likes of former assistant Mike Phelan, who said it had ‘broken the identity’ of the club.

But there is no doubt United are still always on the look out for top young talent to develop and nurture into the first-team. Now they are about to take such a player in on trial. The club have handed Newport County scholar Regan Poole a chance to earn a move to United this week.

The 16-year-old has caught the eye as captain of the under-18 side at Newport and will spend time with United’s under-21 squad this month.

Newport County youth coach Mike Flynn said of the chance:

“Regan is up at Manchester United this week, which is great news for him and the club. He’s a centre-back and he’s very good on the ball, very athletic and he’s fit. He’s got a great spring on him and he’s quick as well so he’s got great potential.

“That’s why a club like Manchester United want to have a look at him. He’s only just turned 16 so he’s very young but I think he can go a long way in the game. I’ve got big hopes for Regan and he’s really kicked on this season.

“I can’t speak highly enough of him. I just hope he keeps his head this week because it could be a big life-changing moment for him if United want him. It’s a nervous time for him but we all wish him the best of luck.”

Of course nobody is at all suggesting that this young lad from Wales is the answer to United’s current centre back problems but it is another reminder that while they may be bringing in top talent to the first team, they are still working hard to find the next Scholes, Neville, Giggs or Beckham.

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