In a special feature running this week on ManUtd.com, Academy goalkeeping coach Alan Fettis provides the lowdown on the club's young stoppers...
Kieran O'Hara (Born: Manchester, 12.3.1997)
"He was a schoolboy scholar and attended Ashton-on-Mersey school's Sixth Form, and also went out to Trafford FC on a work-experience loan to play some games. I must say it was a great experience for Kieran and we’ve been really pleased with how he has progressed and matured.
"I think he was a bit apprehensive in the first instance when we asked him to go as he wasn’t really sure about the reasoning behind it. He was saying: ‘You’re sending me to Trafford but I want to play for Manchester United.’ I can understand that, at the age of 16 or 17, but he took it on board and he began playing men’s football in front of crowds where the games actually mean something. He’s had to put up with a lot of ‘stick’ from the lads in the dressing room, but it is all part of his education which he needed to experience. He did that and I’ve just seen him grow physically and mentally.
"It was early for a loan move but it was something I did when I was a similar age to Kieran. I played on a Saturday, with the youth team and Reserves at Glentoran, and went on to play Irish league football at 18. I think you need to do it. It doesn’t matter what age you are, it’s something you have to experience and I don’t think you get enough of that at Academy level.