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Kieran O'Hara joined Manchester United as an eight-year-old and signed his first professional contract in 2014.

The young keeper represented the Reds at the Aegon Future Cup earlier in his fledgling career and helped the team progress to the final, only to be beaten by hosts Ajax on penalties. 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." Elevation into the Under-21 ranks saw him make one appearance, which came in the final game of the season at Manchester City, when the Blues won the mini-derby 3-1. He was involved in the squad on a number of occasions and also spent some time away from United on a work-experience loan basis. 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 is better for the experience. "I don’t think anyone at United doesn’t think it is the biggest club in the world," he said during his loan spell. "They explain the history through the years, where we’ve been and that’s a huge part of the club." 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. At the start of 2017/18, he was the no.1 for Ricky Sbragia's Under-23s side.

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