Manchester United goalkeeper Kieran O’Hara has joined Conference North title-contenders AFC Fylde on a one-month loan.
The 18-year-old joined the Red Devils as an Academy student in 2012 representing the Under-17’s, but has gone on to battle with Joel Castro Pereira for the first-team gloves under Warren Joyce in the Under-21’s.
Previously of Urmston Town, he put pen-to-paper on his first professional contract with the club last season, representing the Reds at the Aegon Future Cup earlier in his career.
Despite his tender age, O’Hara already has non-league experience after a ‘work experience’ loan spell with Trafford last season, playing in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division.
The goalkeeper was clearly demonstrated his capabilities of progressing as a contender for an eventual debut at the Theatre of Dreams under Louis van Gaal, and will hope first-team experience will help prove his worth.
O’Hara’s talent was previously noted by goalkeeping coach Alan Fettis, who commented on his time with Trafford: "I must say it was a great experience for Kieran and we’ve been really pleased with how he has progressed and matured. I've just seen him grow physically and mentally."
AFC Fylde are yet to confirm the signing of O’Hara, with the news breaking through the Football Conference, and subsequently did not feature in Flyde’s 2-1 defeat at the hands of Chorley today.
Kieran O’Hara has featured on the bench seven times in the Under-21 Premier League this season.