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04th Oct 2017

Manchester United youngster called-up to train with senior international squad

He hasn't even played for the United first-team yet

Patrick McCarry

He’s making some decent strides already this season.

Republic of Ireland boss Martin O’Neill called in Manchester United goalkeeper Kieran O’Hara in to train with the senior team ahead of their two World Cup qualifier matches, with Moldova and Wales.

The 21-year-old is part of Ireland’s U21 squad, but O’Neill, Roy Keane and goalkeeping coach Seamus McDonagh were keen for a closer look.

McDonagh took O’Hara off for some work alongside senior squad goalkeepers Darren Randolph, Rob Elliot and Colin Doyle. With Sheffield Wednesday’s Keiren Westwood out injured, O’Hara got a bit of one-on-one time with McDonagh too.

Midway through the session, O’Neill made his way over to O’Hara and the pair had a chat before the Ireland boss continued his rounds. This was the second U21 squad member called in to train with the seniors in Dublin- West Ham’s Declan Rice had a short stint earlier in the week.

The training call is the latest accolade for O’Hara after he was, last month named among six players on Manchester United’s ‘B List’ Champions League squad. The others included Demetri Mitchell, Joel Pereira, Axel Tuanzebe, Scott McTominay and Marcus Rashford.

O’Hara featured on the United bench for their league finalé against Crystal Palace, last season, with Pereira getting the nod to start. He has had loan spells at Stockport and Morecambe in the last couple of seasons.

Born in Manchester, the goalkeeper qualifies to play for Ireland under the grandparent rule and has been on the books with United since he was eight-years-old. He has one Ireland U21 cap to his name but will be hoping to add a second against Norway. International recognition also can’t hurt his chances of catching Mourinho’s eye at United.