Friday 23 February 2018

Irish youngster Kieran O'Hara added to Manchester United's Champions League squad

Jose Mouyrinho and (inset) Kieran O'Hara
Jose Mouyrinho and (inset) Kieran O'Hara

Ireland's Kieran O'Hara has been added to Manchester United's Champions League squad following their 2-0 win over Basel on Tuesday night.

Goalkeeper O'Hara and Demetri Mitchell were both drafted in to United's B List by Jose Mourinho, according to the Manchester Evening News.

Every club participating in the group stages of the Champions League must submit two lists with the B List reserved for players born on, or after, January 1 1995.

Earlier this month, Dubliner Conor Masterson was drafted into Liverpool's Champions League squad.

Mourinho has taken a shine to 20-year-old O'Hara, choosing him to provide back-up for David De Gea and Sergio Romero in the Europa League Cup tie against FC Rostov last season.

O'Hara spent both legs ensconced with the first-team and he absorbed everything possible from working under Mourinho and around De Gea.

"I want to be the third-choice 'keeper this season but wouldn't rule out pushing for the No 1 spot," the Stretford-born stopper told earlier this year.

"I know that would be difficult because Manchester United are a massive club but if I keep developing and the opportunity comes, then I don't see why not.

"After spending time on loan last season at Morecambe, United didn't want me going away again and instead I've learned a lot from being around the first team. Working under the manager Jose Mourinho has been brilliant."

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