Lee O'Connor


Republic of Ireland youngster who signed for United in the summer of 2016.

The versatile defender has made his mark at Under-21 level for his country and gained valuable experience of tournament football. Arriving at Old Trafford in 2016, formerly of Villa Football Club in Waterford, a birthplace he shares with former Red John O'Shea, O'Connor was a major hit in his first season in Manchester, overcoming the obvious initial homesickness with some invaluable support by Kieran McKenna. The Irishman made rapid strides in his early time at the club and earned a place in the Under-23 squad with a string of superb performances in the centre of the defence. "I think he has done fantastic and been a real bonus," said McKenna. "You never know how a lad is going to settle in after coming from Ireland and it's a huge step up from the level he was playing at. He has been a really important part of the team at centre-half and in both full-back positions. O'Connor continued to impress many in the 2017/18 campaign, playing in 20 matches in all competitions, which included netting a brace in a 6-2 thrashing of Middlesbrough in October. The Irishman was part of the United side that lifted the Under-18 Premier League North trophy and was shortlisted for the Jimmy Murphy Young Player of the Year prize. The regular step up to Premier League 2 football did not faze the full-back, who racked up 24 appearances in 2018/19, all bar one in the starting XI, and showed great maturity and composure.

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