Man United take non-league star on trial

Sam Grimshaw, of Glossop North End, has been invited to train with the Red Devils this summer, and hopes to earn a permanent contract with Louis van Gaal’s side

Manchester United have taken non-league player Sam Grimshaw on trial.

The Glossop North End player, a former Manchester City academy player, is a boyhood United fan and is now set to train with his idols as he attempts to win a permanent contract at Old Trafford.

The 21-year-old was initially taken on trial with the Red Devils earlier in the year and his period at Carrington was extended in April.

The left-back has now been invited back for pre-season training and could travel with United on their summer tour of the United States.

“I got a call from my agent saying they wanted to take a look at me,” Grimshaw told the Manchester Evening News.

“It was brilliant news. It is a big opportunity of course with United and I have got to try and take the chance as I have always been a fan of the club.

“They asked me to go in for a one week trial and that was extended until the end of the season.

“Now they want me to go back in July. I cannot wait.”

Glossop manager Chris Willcock, meanwhile, hopes the player can earn himself a move to United.

“Hopefully we can get a few quid for him that can go on the budget, which will be nice,” he said.

“He is a young man with really good qualities. He is still learning and being in and around a club of the stature of Manchester United can only help him develop.”