Dundee United starlet Kerr Smith spends week on trial at Manchester United

Dundee United youngster Kerr Smith has been on week-long trial at Manchester United.

The 15-year-old Scottish defender appeared for Dundee United’s first-team in a pre-season friendly against Sheffield United during the summer.

Dundee United’s sporting director Tony Asghar confirmed Smith has trained at Carrington.

“Kerr and his parents are down to earth,” he told Courier Sport. “They’ve spoken to us and he’d like to stay with Dundee United but we can’t stop clubs wanting to take a look at him.

“You’re talking about some of the biggest clubs in the world. Plenty of clubs have asked to have a look at him but we can’t let him go to them all.

“We’re delighted that he’s had his chance at Villa and now Manchester United. He’s trained very well at both, I believe.

“It’s great for him but we want the best players at our football club and Kerr has the potential to be one of them. He’s already shown that against Sheffield United. He’s got a great attitude.”

The aim for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Manchester United for the long term should always have a focus on developing young players. I know when the transfer window is open people can lose the run of themselves, but getting the youth system producing the best players needs to be a priority. United’s academy is where the foundations for success can be made.

United welcomed a number of youngsters to the club over the summer, including: Alvaro Fernandez, Marc Jurado, Isak Hansen-Aaroen, Charlie McNeill, Joe Hugill, Logan Pye and Radek Vitek.

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