Hailing from the Republic of Ireland and adaptable enough to play at right-back, left-back, centre-half and even in midfield, it is no wonder Manchester United starlet Lee O’Connor had been called 'the new John O’Shea'.
And the youngster's impressive performances behind the scenes at Carrington certainly didn’t pass a five-time Premier League winner by.
“Look he was quality, top quality on the pitch. He looked very comfortable, he went right-back to left-back in a breeze, it was no problem to him,” O’Shea told Pundit Arena in March.
So you can imagine that O’Shea was as baffled as almost every other Manchester United fan when the news broke that 19-year-old O’Connor had been allowed to join Celtic on a four-year deal on transfer deadline day.
Despite playing 21 times for the U23 side in 2018/19, and with United lacking depth in both full-back positions, his departure has certainly left some scratching their heads – particularly as manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has put so much emphasis on promoting from within.
Have the fallen giants of English football just made a decision that will come back to haunt them? Well, it certainly seems that their loss will be Celtic’s gain for the next four years at least.
Surprised United have let Lee O'Connor go. Always looked like one of the under-23s' better players when I watched them last year. Good signing for Celtic #mufc— Liam Corless (@LiamCorless) September 3, 2019
Surprised that Lee O'Connor has been let go. A very good, versatile talent that could have filled in at a bunch of positions in which we are thin..#MUFC— Busby (@SirMBusby) September 3, 2019
So Lee O’Connor joins celtic.. all the news was positive on this young defender, is there a buy back or first refusal clause in his contract? Just confused as to why it’s a permanent deal #mufc #believe— fintolini (@Fintolini) September 3, 2019
Hopefully we've inserted some sell-on clauses or even a buyback clause. O'Connor's a decent player, very versatile, can play full-back, in the centre of defence and in midfield.#mufc— Reginaldo Rosario (@Regi1700) September 2, 2019
Y would we sell him? Stupid move— Jack Cleary (@Cleary0jack) September 2, 2019
That one could come back and bite us in the ass...— DesZeroXR (@DesZeroXR) September 3, 2019
Why the hell have they sold him?! Hes been excellent in our academy! Celtic have got a good player there and probably paid next to nothing for him. #mufc— Tekkers (@Tekkers281) September 3, 2019
Why he’s been playing well for the club. Such a shame— Sir Geezer Gaz (@GeezerGaz1) September 3, 2019
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