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Jose Mourinho Includes Irish Youngster In Europa League Squad Vs Rostov

Jose Mourinho Includes Irish Youngster In Europa League Squad Vs Rostov
By Gavin Cooney

Last week, we updated our list of the Irish youngster to watch at every Premier League club, which you read in full here.

The Man United player we included is Waterford-born Lee O'Connor, although we may have overlooked another Irish youngster making waves at Carrington.

Jose Mourinho has included goalkeeper Kieran O'Hara among the travelling party to Russia, ahead of United's Europa League clash with FC Rostov. The Mail spotted O'Hara alongside Anthony Martial at Manchester Airport. O'Hara was included for the trip to St Etienne too, but missed out on a place on the bench to Sergio Romero.

The same fate may befall O'Hara in Russia, but it is great to see him involved with the United first-team during the season, and it bodes well for his pre-season prospects under Mourinho.

O'Hara signed a professional contract at Old Trafford in 2014, and has since been farmed out on loan to Trafford, Stockport and Morecambe. Happily, O'Hara has decided to represent Ireland over England.

'My name is a bit of a giveaway.

My grandparents on my dad's side were both born in Galway. The call came towards the end of last season when the Under 21 coach Noel King gave the Morecambe manager a ring to ask if I'd be interested in getting involved.

I was more than happy because it was an international call-up. When I was about 17, I had England Schools games against Scotland, Republic of Ireland and Wales but my Dad's happy now with it being his side of the family and my mum is proud as well.

It's a great experience being involved in international football and more games, a different type of football completely, so I hope I can grab it with both hands.

Here's hoping he can make an impact over the next few months...surely he is better than Romero?

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