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Harvey Neville

Harvey Neville

Harvey Neville

Republic of Ireland Under-19 international Harvey Neville has signed professional terms with Manchester United.

The 18-year-old - a son of former United and England star Phil - made his debut for the Republic in a friendly against Denmark at the Showgrounds.

The Manchester-born full-back qualifies for the Republic through his mother Julie.

Neville put pen to paper on a one-year deal at Old Trafford and will target a place in the Red Devils' Under-23 squad having starred for the club's Under-18s.

Neville said on Instagram: "Proud to have signed my first professional contract with Man Utd. Thank you to my family and all my coaches for their support."

The Premier League giants opted to retain every player at Under-18 level this season due to the impact of Covid-19 on the transfer market. Phil Neville made 59 appearances for England and won six Premier League titles with United before moving to Everton, while Harvey's uncle Gary would finish his career having helped United to eight league triumphs.

As described on the official United website: "After playing in midfield at a younger age, he looks comfortable at full-back and made six appearances for the U18s in his first-year scholar - three as a starter."

Belfast Telegraph