Kieran O'Hara

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Kieran O'Hara
Personal information
Full name Kieran Michael O'Hara[1]
Date of birth (1996-04-22) 22 April 1996 (age 22)[2]
Place of birth Manchester, England
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Manchester United
Youth career
0000–2012 Urmston Town
2012–2014 Manchester United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2014– Manchester United 0 (0)
2013–2014 Trafford (loan) 20 (0)
2015 AFC Fylde (loan) 0 (0)
2015 Morecambe (loan) 0 (0)
2015 Stockport County (loan) 1 (0)
2016 Morecambe (loan) 5 (0)
National team
2017– Republic of Ireland U21 12 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10:33, 15 March 2016 (UTC)

Kieran Michael O'Hara (born 22 April 1996) is a professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Manchester United and the Republic of Ireland national under-21 football team.

Club career

O'Hara began his career with local club Urmston Town,[3] while attending Ashton-on-Mersey School and Sixth Form.[4]

He then joined Manchester United on 1 July 2012, having represented the club at the Aegon Future Cup earlier in the year. Reaching the final before losing to Ajax on penalties, the goalkeeper signed on to become an Under-17 Academy student, working with Under-18 coach Paul McGuinness.[5]

His chances were limited in his first season with the youth team, and he was soon given a work-experience loan with Trafford throughout the 2013–14 season.[3] Upon his return, and having faced his first taste of senior football, O'Hara was promoted to the Under-21 squad.[5]

Despite his continued difficulty in breaking into the starting XI, with Joel Castro Pereira the preferred goalkeeper, O'Hara signed a professional deal with the Reds in the summer of 2014.[6]

Making a single appearance for the Under-21s, he soon faced further loan spells in a bid to impress the coaching staff at Old Trafford. After a one-month loan with Conference North title-contenders AFC Fylde,[7] O'Hara was given his first opportunity for United in the final game of the Under-21 Premier League season. Following 15 games as an unused substitute, he completed 90 minutes in a 3–1 defeat to Manchester City, with his side already crowned league champions.[8]

O'Hara opted for senior football once more during the 2015–16 season, and completed a deadline day move to League Two club Morecambe on a one-month loan in the summer.[9] He later faced a one-month loan spell with National League North club Stockport County in November,[8] before returning to Morecambe for the remainder of the season on 12 January.[10]

Having failed to make a competitive appearance in his first spell with the Shrimps, O'Hara made his professional debut in a 3–1 defeat to league leaders Northampton Town on 23 January 2016.[11]

International career

O'Hara qualifies to play for the Republic of Ireland through his paternal grandparents.[12]

References

  1. ^ "Updated squads for 2017/18 Premier League confirmed". Premier League. 2 February 2018. Retrieved 15 February 2018. 
  2. ^ http://www.11v11.com/players/kieran-ohara-249921/
  3. ^ a b "Welcome return for star stopper – The Evo-Stik League Northern Premier". www.evostikleague.co.uk. Retrieved 15 March 2016. 
  4. ^ "Keeper focus: Kieran O'Hara". ManUtd.com. Retrieved 15 March 2016. 
  5. ^ a b "Kieran O'Hara". ManUtd.com. Retrieved 15 March 2016. 
  6. ^ "Manchester United loan report: Goalkeepers Kieran O'Hara and Dean Henderson both sent elsewhere". International Business Times UK. Retrieved 15 March 2016. 
  7. ^ Whitney, Steve. "Coasters Borrow Manchester United Keeper". Pitchero Non-League. Retrieved 15 March 2016. 
  8. ^ a b Luckhurst, Samuel. "Manchester United goalkeeper leaves on loan". Manchester Evening News. MEN Media. Retrieved 15 March 2016. 
  9. ^ "Manchester United goalkeeper Kieran O'Hara joins Morecambe on loan". Sky Sports. Retrieved 15 March 2016. 
  10. ^ "Loan moves agreed for young Manchester United goalkeepers". ManUtd.com. Retrieved 15 March 2016. 
  11. ^ "Northampton Town 3–1 Morecambe". BBC Sport. Retrieved 15 March 2016. 
  12. ^ "Highly rated Man United goalkeeper gets Ireland U21 call-up after declaring for the Boys in Green". independent.ie. Retrieved 5 September 2017. 
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