Former Manchester United midfielder and now head of academy Nicky Butt says he is excited about the potential of recent signing Matthew Olosunde, who was born in the United States to Nigerian parents.
The 18-year-old Nigerian-American defender signed for United on January 29 , but his arrival was only announced by the club last month after international clearance was received.
Olosunde, who can play at centre-back and right-back, made his debut for the Under-18s in March.
Speaking to Inside United Butt said of Olosunde : “He’s one that’s been ongoing for a while. With the clearance, it took a while, but we’ve got him.
“He’s a good player, a nice lad and a really good athlete. Hopefully, we’ll see a lot from him in the coming years because he’s someone we’re really excited about.”
Manchester Evening News reports that Olosunde, from Trenton, New Jersey, quit New York Red Bulls to go to college and was named as one of Duke University’s six new recruits for the upcoming season.
But just weeks later it was confirmed that he had signed for Manchester United and he was called up for the United States Under-19s shortly after he joined the Reds.
Duke head coach John Kerr told Go Dukes earlier this year: “Matthew is a fantastic player who is comfortable playing in the back or in midfield. He has wicked pace and has incredible defensive recovery speed.
“He has great one vs one instincts on both sides of the ball and will help us right away in a number of positions.”