The 15-year-old became the youngest debutant for the side as he came on as a substitute in the 13th minute against Bury. The report adds that Matheson was the Man of the Match in the Checkatrade Trophy win over their rivals and a number of other clubs are also keeping tabs on the player.
The likes of Liverpool, Chelsea and Everton are interested in Matheson and the report adds that the right-back was at school in the morning, before putting up a great display against Bury.
Keith Hill, Rochdale’s manager wasn’t surprised by his performance but played down rushing Matheson into regular first-team games.
The manager was quoted by the Daily Mail as saying:
“That first-half was a little insight into what we see on the training pitch. We know what he can do. It’s not a leap of faith because we know he can do it, but is he cut out for the pressure of real men’s football?”
Hill further claimed that Matheson has been training with the senior side for some time, juggling football and school life pretty well.
The 15-year-old has a long way to go before we can see him star in the Premier League but to continue his development, he has to move to a bigger side.
It will be interesting to see what happens with the youngster in the coming months. Staying at Rochdale will ensure he does not have to deal with the pressure of a big switch but a move to a top club like United will be tough to reject.