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Kieran O'Hara joined Manchester United as an eight-year-old and signed his first professional contract in 2014.
A work-experience loan with Trafford FC provided invaluable experience and showed he is capable of progressing at United. Goalkeeper coach Alan Fettis described the success of the spell with the nearby non-league outfit: "I must say it was a great experience for Kieran and we’ve been really pleased with how he has progressed and matured. I've just seen him grow physically and mentally." Another temporary deal was set up in the closing hours of the summer transfer window as he joined Morecambe in order to gain more valuable experience and he rejoined the Shrimps on the same basis in January 2016. O'Hara joined a fine debut second time around as he came on as a substitute in the 13th minute and saved Jay Simpson's penalty for Leyton Orient with his first touch. The former English Schools FA Under-18 international made five appearances in total for Morecambe and, in September 2016, he received a first call-up for Republic of Ireland at Under-21 level and he racked up 10 Reserves appearances in all for United over the course of the season. Throughout 2017/18, he was the no.1 for Ricky Sbragia's Under-23s side and was promoted to the senior Irish squad. All in all, he made 20 appearances for the Reserves and was shortlisted for the Denzil Haroun Player of the Year award. After starting the 2018/19 season in fine form with an impressive display against Fulham in the Reds' Premier League 2 opener, the homegrown talent joined Macclesfield Town on a season-long loan on 15 August. The opportunity to play first-team football with the League Two newcomers will help Kieran develop his game and presents a challenge that he wants to embrace. "I'm looking forward to it, getting started and hopefully playing in front of crowds, week in and week out," O'Hara told ManUtd.com following his temporary move to Moss Rose. "It's about showing everyone what I'm capable of."
Republic of Ireland
Kieran O'Hara saved three penalties in the Carabao Cup last night, helping his loan club Macclesfield Town to win at Walsall and join United in Thursday's third-round draw. Nice one!
Ten stylish images of Kieran O'Hara honing his craft at the Aon Training Complex.
"It was definitely an honour to get a senior call-up and it feels good that my performances for the Reserves have been recognised by the international management."