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A United fan as a youngster, he is living the dream represented the club he supports.
Initially a lively forward, Tanner found the net in the 3-2 win at Norwich City, scoring seconds after the restart to help kickstart a remarkable comeback win for the young Reds, while still a schoolboy. After finishing the 2015/16 campaign with seven appearances in total (three as a starter), it was clear he was held in high regard by the coaching staff. Tanner managed to break into the Under-18 team at left-back despite his attacking instincts and looks capable of adapting to the role. Indeed, he made 27 appearances in total for the Under-18s in the 2016/17 campaign as an enterprising full-back and and proved to be effective either in defence or pushing into a more advanced role. Tanner continued to be a reliable force at full-back, making 20 appearances in all competitions in 2017/18, 17 of which were in the Under-18 Premier League North, which United won. More progress was made in 2018/19 as he racked up 20 outings in the Under-23s, five as a substitute, and continue to develop the defensive side of his game in a full-back role.