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Atlanta chief Annan: Man Utd impressed by trialist Efrain Morales

Manchester United are watching Atlanta United youngster Efrain Morales after recent trials at Carrington.

The 15-year-old shot-stopper travelled to Manchester in January on an initial eight-day training programme after club officials made a request to the MLS side to take a closer look at him.

Morales was joined by Atlanta United academy director Tony Annan during his spell at Carrington and made a positive impression on club officials with his attitude and professionalism.

"He's still got lots of time, but he is definitely one of our top talents who we think has a huge ceiling on his potential," Annan told the Manchester Evening News.

"So I wasn't surprised, it was a nice surprise it being Man United, but I wasn't surprise. He went in there, and he held his own and did really well.

"He's a very laid back kid, so he takes everything in his stride. He doesn't get carried away, he is a very even keel kid. When I told him he was excited, why would you not be? But, he got over it and was ready to go over straight away. He went in there confidently.

"They gave us some feedback technically, tactically, and the sports scene gave us feedback on his power, his strength, his speed. So we got a pretty good report back, thorough.

"They are going to continue to watch him. He is playing in England for the USA. He is playing this month and they are going to watch him and see how he does. He's back in the UK for a ten-day stint with the national team, then he is back here. They liked him, they said they are going to monitor him and keep him on the radar. He did well, so we are hopeful."

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