Manchester United are ready to give young goalkeeper Jacob Carney a chance to revive his career at Old Trafford
As revealed by the Manchester Evening News, Jacob Carney has made a return to Old Trafford for a trial following his departure from Manchester United to join Sunderland in 2021.
The Black Cats have released Carney after getting limited opportunities at the Championship side. The former United Academy star signed a two-year deal with the Wearsiders, but his deal had been cut short.
The 22-year-old had limited senior experience at Sunderland, making only one appearance, notably against United’s Under-23s in an EFL Trophy game last season.
In the current season, he faced competition from goalkeepers Anthony Patterson and Alex Bass, resulting in him rarely making it into the matchday squad.
Carney embarked on three loan spells during his time with the Red Devils, one of which was with Northern Irish team Portadown.
His time in Northern Ireland was marked by impressive performances that caught the attention of rival managers.
Portadown manager Matthew Tipton spoke highly of Carney’s abilities in an interview with the News Letter.
Due to his recent resurgence, the young goalkeeper was recalled and named on the bench for United’s U-21s match against Leeds on Friday. It is said that the youngster’s impact left many impressed during his trial period.
This latest development comes at a perfect time for the former United shot-stopper. The frequent changes in the goalkeeper position at Old Trafford have resulted in a shortage of players at the club.
Hence, it would make sense for the Red Devils to re-sign the English star on a free transfer.
David de Gea has already left as a free agent after serving the club for 12 years. Nathan Bishop and Matej Kovar have been sold to Sunderland and Bayer Leverkusen, respectively.
Another young keeper, Ondrej Mastny, has also departed on a permanent transfer to FC Vysocina Jihlava.
Looking at the current scenario, Carney has a chance to get back into the academy setup and revive his career at Old Trafford.
However, he will face stiff competition from Elyh Harrison, a regular goalkeeper for the Under-21 side. He was recently seen playing in the starting XI against Leeds.
In our opinion, Carney has the potential to get his football career back on track. It is surely not easy for the keeper after being snubbed by Sunderland.
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But it is said that even in the darkest times, there is always someone to help, and Man United have done the same by acting as a true mentor to the player.
Giving him a chance to have a trial will not only bolster his morale but also instill confidence in him that he can have the opportunity to feature for one of the best clubs in England.