Manchester United clinch deal for 'new Dani Alves' ahead of summer transfer window
By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens
Manchester United have completed the signing of an emerging USA star dubbed ‘the new Dani Alves’.
Defender Matthew Olosunde, 18, finalised his transfer from New York Red Bulls on Friday night following a delay over his international clearance.
The New Jersey-born teenager signed for United on 29 January, but Old Trafford chiefs only announced the deal on Friday after the American was finally cleared to play for the club.
Converted winger Olosunde is described as a right-back who loves to attack, and standing at 6ft 1in, his big stride allows him to utilize his pace.
He was announced as joining the Duke University soccer programme in the USA last month but that was regarded as a back-up option for the player in case he did not gain clearance to move to Old Trafford.
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“He’s incredibly athletic,” Kerr told the Mirror website. “He doesn’t look like the strongest guy in the world, but he’s pretty strong. His recovery pace is very impressive.
“He’s played a number of positions. He’s played centre defensive midfield, he’s dabbled a bit at centre-back, but for the national team he mostly plays right back.
“His best position might be right full-back. He has so much pace, that he can be like that Dani Alves type, that gets up and down the field. He loves to go forward and get to the final third.”
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Kerr believes the teenager must still improve many parts of his game.
He said: “I think like every young player he has to work on his technique. He just needs to continue to grow. He’s a very quiet young man, but he’s got a lot of personality once you get to know him.
“He’s a fun loving guy that likes to smile. He’s a very sensible kid, he takes care of himself, and he’s desperate to make it.”
Olosunde has been training with United on and off since last summer and he has done enough to impress Louis van Gaal and the club’s academy coaches.
Upon receiving the green light from the Football Association, he was immediately called into the club’s U18 side for their clash against Brighton on Friday evening.
Playing the full 90 minutes, the American was unable to stop his side falling to a 2-1 defeat in Altrincham.