Man Utd left impressed after taking former Newcastle man on trial

Date published: Monday 24th September 2018 1:11 - Oli Fisher

BURTON UPON TRENT, ENGLAND - MARCH 21: Paul Woolston of England during the U17 Euro Elite Qualifying Round match between England and Norway at the Pirelli Stadium on March 21, 2015 in Burton upon Trent, England. (Photo by Clint Hughes/Getty Images)

A former Newcastle goalkeeper is currently undergoing a trial at Manchester United, according to a report.

Paul Woolston, 20, left his hometown club in the summer with the Magpies’ goalkeeping ranks swelled by Martin Dubravka, Rob Elliot, Karl Darlow and Freddie Woodman.

United are keen to recruit another stopper to provide cover and competition for their Under-23 side and Woolston was on the bench for the win at Middlesbrough on Sunday.

Matej Kovar and Alex Fojticek, both 18, have been involved with the Red Devils’ second string this term, with Dean Henderson, Joel Pereira and Kieran O’Hara all out on season-long loans.

Sergio Romero has also had a run-out as he returned to fitness after a knee injury but Jose Mourinho prefers to keep the Argentina international and summer signing Lee Grant with the first team.

According to the Manchester Evening News, United have been impressed with Woolston technically, but one of the reasons the former England youth international was released by Newcastle is said to be that he is not a physically-imposing stopper.

Woolston has reportedly already impressed during a trial with Cardiff after his departure St James’ Park.


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