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Manchester United “lead the race” for Premier League starlet who almost made history this weekend



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Manchester United are “leading the race” to sign one Premier League starlet who was close to making history this weekend.

Wesley Okoduwa appeared on the bench for Wolves during their 2-0 defeat against Arsenal on Saturday.

At only 15 years of age, Okoduwa would’ve become the club’s youngest-ever player to make a first-team appearance and the second-youngest in Premier League history, but Gary O’Neil decided against substituting the defender.

“I hope he’s had more fun with us than he would have in science!” joked O’Neil before the game when asked about the teenager.

“He’s ready for the game. He’s trained very well, he’s physically very good. It’s probably slightly too early in his development, but it’s the situation we’re in.”

Okoduwa has made 11 appearances for the Wolves youth teams in all competitions this season. He also made the first-team bench for the 3-0 defeat against Newcastle last month.

The defender has been linked with a move away from the Molineux, and Manchester United are one of many interested parties.

According to youth journalist Finley King, United are leading the race to sign Okoduwa despite interest from various Premier League clubs.

Should the England youth international make the decision to move to Old Trafford, he would join a talented group of defenders in the club’s ranks.

Harry Amass has started to make himself known following his recent first-team involvements. The left-back travelled with Erik ten Hag’s squad to Wembley for their FA Cup semi-final clash against Coventry City.

Meanwhile, central defenders Louis Jackson and Jack Kingdon have excelled for the title-winning Under-18s side this term. Jackson has also been included in the semi-final squad.

Habeeb Ogunneye has also been making first-team squads, with the fellow right-back highly rated within Carrington.