Man United under-23 goalkeeper forced into early retirement

Manchester United under-23 goalkeeper Paul Woolston has announced his early retirement following a string of operations that have left him with no option but to call time on his career.

Woolston was a regular among the Red Devils’ first team but became best known for his performances with the club’s under-23 side where he made 13 appearances, in all competitions, keeping three clean sheets along the way.

However, following two operations and a lengthy rehabilitation period, the young shot-stopper has made the sad decision to quit playing professional football.

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Speaking to the club’s official website, Woolston said: “To have to retire at just 23 has been really tough to come to terms with but I feel a lot more positive now.”

Although understandably heartbroken at the prospect of quitting football at just 23 years of age, United have rightfully stepped in to offer the youngster a place on a bespoke support programme to help with any potential future plans.

Completing his coaching badges is thought to be an option for Woolston who could still have a future in the game, even if it is not playing.

We wish Woolston well in the future and thank him for his contributions to our club.


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