Reports this afternoon state that Manchester United are impressed enough by Stevenage centre back Ryan Johnson to invite him to train with the club. The Daily Mail states:
Manchester United are taking a look at Stevenage Borough centre back Ryan Johnson.
The 18-year-old is joining up with United at their Carrington training complex after impressing scouts with his performances for Stevenage and their Under 18s.
Although no deal has been offered, and the move seems to stop short of an official trial, there is only one reason that Manchester United are having a look at him at close quarters – and that is because they think he might have what it takes to sign for the club.
At just 18 he’s the youngest player ever to turn out for Stevenage and he has been impressive for them this season despite only playing 3 games in the first team this year.
Manchester United are taking a serious look at their defence, which has not been up to scratch this season. You would imagine that they will be entering the top end of the market for the solution this time.
Chris Smalling is the last defender to make his way from the lower league echelons to Manchester United, having played for Maidstone before Fulham. The jury is still out on Smalling, who hasn’t cemented a place in the first team and suffered regular injuries during his United career.
But the whole defensive department needs refreshment and Johnson will hope to grasp his opportunity at Manchester United with both hands.