By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens
Regan Poole has been called up to the Manchester United squad for the first time after finally receiving international clearance.
The 17-year-old defender joined United from Newport County on deadline day last summer in an initial £400,000 deal.
But he was left in limbo for five months while he waited for his work permit and was not eligible until earlier this month.
Poole made his first appearance for the club in last Thursday’s 1-0 win over Manchester City for the Under-21s.
The Wales Under-19 international could now make his senior United debut against FC Midtjylland on Thursday.
He has been included in a youthful 18-man squad that left Manchester on Wednesday morning to fly to Denmark and will at least be on the bench for the Europa League last-32 clash.
As reported by Football Insider on Wednesday morning in the latest Manchester United news, manager Louis van Gaal has also included rookies Donald Love, Joe Riley, Andreas Pereira, James Weir and Will Keane in the travelling party.
Poole is a defender who can play centre-back or left-back. He made his Newport debut aged just 16 and played 15 games for the League Two club before his transfer.