By Wayne Veysey

17th Jan, 2017 | 9:15pm

Agreement reached: Manchester United wrap up second midfielder-turned-defender signing in hours

By Alex Stevens

Joe Riley has joined Sheffield United on loan from Manchester United for the rest of the season, it was announced on Tuesday afternoon.

The academy product, 20, has become the second United player in hours to agree the terms of a new deal with the club.

United announced earlier on Tuesday that Antonio Valencia had signed a new contract keeping him at Old Trafford for another year until the summer of 2018.

An hour later, it was confirmed on the official United Twitter account that Riley had signed for League One outfit Sheffield United for the remainder of the campaign.

Riley is a product of the prolific United academy that has produced a number of players for the first team in recent seasons, most notably Marcus Rashford.

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Like Valencia, Riley has made the leap for a regular wide midfield role to a position in the defence.

Unlike his senior counterpart, who spent many seasons on the right wing for United, Riley has changed position at an early age after initially being used at right midfield for the youth teams of the Premier League giants.

Riley was handed his first-team debut by former manager Louis van Gaal last season and made two appearances for the club.

But he has not been able to force his way in under Jose Mourinho, who has given the green light for him to continue his development at a lower league club.

In other Manchester United news, the club are also closing in on another defender deal.

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