Man Utd could now sign record-breaking teenager for Ten Hag, he’s already been at Carrington

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Christopher Atherton, a teenager who played in an U15s game during his trial at Manchester United, may be signed by the Premier League club this summer. Atherton is from Glenavon.

When Atherton made his Glenavon debut in September 2022, he was only 13 years and 329 days old, making him the youngest senior football player in the UK.

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Atherton, now 14 years old, gained notoriety last September when he set a new record for the UK’s youngest-ever senior footballer, even contributing an assist on his debut. The Glenavon player, according to the BBC as well, was ten days away from shattering the record.

Atherton is currently on trial at Carrington and played for the U15s against Burnley, according to Manchester United Youth on Instagram.

The Northern Irishman’s move may or may not be finalised this summer, but a trial certainly yielded encouraging results.

Atherton joining Manchester United from semi-pro Northern Irish team Glenavon in the NIFL Premiership would be quite a feat. Glenavon is one of the biggest clubs in the world.

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Atherton, who broke the record, went on to play four times for Glenavon, clocking just over an hour in total.

In a statement to the club’s YouTube channel, Glenavon manager Gary Hamilton said that he wanted to help Atherton set a new record for the youngest senior footballer in the world. Hamilton added: “A lot of us at that age would have been dreaming of becoming a footballer and playing for a first team, thinking it is a million miles away.

“I had no doubt that if we took the lead in the game, I could bring him on because he felt at ease training with the first team before the final game of the previous campaign.

It was the final game of the season, and since seventh place had already been decided, there was nothing left to play for. If only he had gone to watch Celtic with his father, he would have participated in that game as well.

We had intended to give him his debut at that time, making him the youngest player in the world. Unfortunately, he will now have to make do with being the youngest player in the UK.

It might surpass breaking the record for Atherton if he joins United this summer. He will be the latest in a long line of players to join the Manchester club, whose renowned Carrington academy has produced some of the best players in the world.

However, the Northern Irishman still has a long way to go and is still very young. For the time being, he will be daydreaming of one day making his Old Trafford debut and taking centre stage, like Marcus Rashford did.

It’s definitely a move to watch to see how the record-breaker does should he successfully transition to the big stage in the upcoming weeks.

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