Manchester United have taken goalkeeper Paul Woolston on trial, according to the Manchester Evening News.

The Premier League giants will take a look at the former Sunderland man as they are targeting another goalkeeper for their Under-23’s side.

Manchester United currently have highly-rated young shot stopper Dean Henderson on loan in the Championship with Sheffield United. He impressed on loan in the last campaign with Shrewsbury Town and is being tipped to break into United’s first-team plans in the future.

Jose Mourinho’s side also have Irish ‘keeper Kieran O’Hara on loan at League Two side Macclesfield Town, hence why they are targeting another goalkeeper with Woolston in their sights.

Woolston, who is 20 years-old, was released by Newcastle United at the end of last season and has been weighing up his next career move. He is also understood to be considering a move abroad but the prospect of joining Manchester United would no doubt turn his head.

He spent time in the academies of Darlington and Sunderland as a youngster before joining Newcastle four years ago. Woolston was a key player for the Magpies’ Under-23’s squad and also enjoyed loan stints in non-league with Blyth Spartans and South Shields over recent seasons.

It will be interesting to see what happens as a result of his trial. He will have to consider whether he wants to play Under-23 football or regular senior first-team action elsewhere.


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