English premier league side Manchester United have completed the signing of British defender Mason Holgate from Barnsley. Holgate, 18 had been on trial at Carrington, united training complex for the past week. Holgate is primarily a right back but can also play in central defense.
United reportedly paid Barnsley £1m pounds to sign the highly rated youngster who will go straight into United’s U-21 side. It has indeed been a very busy transfer window for united with four signings already made and coach Louis van Gaal implying that two more signings will follow.
Club chief Ed Woodward had to move quickly to secure Holgate’s signing beating a clutch of EPL and championship sides to his signature. Manchester United’s U-21 coach Warren Joyce was reportedly very pleased with Holgate’s attitude and commitment during his trial that he recommended his signing.
United have been working hard to improve their squad at all levels and have added Holgate to the signing of Belgian playmaker Ingy Boonen to the club. More players are expected to follow with united releasing a few youngsters and sending some on loan. Holgate will have to work hard if he wants to make the united first eleven but on evidence of his potential he has what he takes to make the grade at old Trafford.
The club currently has Luis Valencia and new signing Mateo Damian occupying Holgate’s position in the first team. He will be a straight replacement in the U-21 team for Saidy janko who left the club to join Celtic this summer.
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