Manchester United youngster signs for Burnley

Teenage Manchester United defender Jimmy Dunne has departed Old Trafford to sign for Premier League newcomers Burnley on a free transfer.

The 18-year-old centre-back featured for the Red Devils’ Under-18 side last season, and has made his way through the club’s academy.

He has signed for the Clarets on a two-year deal, with the option of a further year.

There has been a steady outgoing of United youngsters this summer, with Dunne the latest to leave.

Ashley Fletcher has departed for West Ham United, while Joe Rothwell has joined Oxford United. Tyler Reid has also left for pastures new, heading to Swansea City.

Two more young starlets have also been released, George Dorrington and Oliver Rathbone.

Dunne will link up with Burnley’s Development Squad, and he said: “This is a really positive place to be at the moment so I’m delighted that I’ve got the move sorted for myself.

“Manchester United is a big club who have been good to me since the age of ten, and they have developed me into the player and person I am now.

“It was a hard decision to make to leave but at the same time I’m joining another fantastic Premier League club.

“All the changes that the club are putting in such as the training ground made it an attractive move and the decision was easier because of that.”

Dunne joins fellow ex-Red Devil Michael Keane at Burnley, and Dunne said he hopes to learn from him.

Dunne said: “Michael Keane is someone I look at to try and improve and I haven’t got talking to him yet but he’s similar in terms of being tall and lean.

“He’s been through a similar format at Manchester United so hopefully I can learn from him.”

 

By Steve Osborne                       @BlizzardSteve75j

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