Manchester United have today confirmed that 23-year-old goalkeeper Kieran O’Hara is heading to Burton Albion on a season-long loan deal.
The short-term move for O’Hara has been sanctioned by United to ‘aid O’Hara’s development’, after coming through the academy at Old Trafford.
O’Hara was born in Manchester, although he represents the Republic of Ireland at international level. He’s a talented young man and a loan move, allowing him to play regular football, can only be a positive as he looks to further progress his career.
The problem for budding goalkeepers at United is the fact that there’s quite the queue in front of them. David de Gea is amongst the best in the business, while Sergio Romero is an excellent back-up. Then you have Lee Grant, Joel Pereira and Dean Henderson – all of whom are excellent options in between the sticks.
Aged 23, you get the feeling that O’Hara is firmly in the last chance saloon should he see a future with United, but this loan move to the Staffordshire outfit Burton will certainly help his case.
Let’s just hope he’s now given regular minutes at League One level, and no doubt United will be keeping a watchful eye on his development.
Good luck, Kieran!