- O'Connor plays as a versatile defender for the U23s
- He's already trained with Republic of Ireland senior side
- Even his human sides delight RoI head coach O'Neill
- Lee was among nominees for United's Young Player of the Year award
18-year-old centre-back Lee O'Connor joined Man United Academy from Villa Football Club in 2016. Since then, he's risen to being the skipper of Republic of Ireland U19s as the senior side coaches already their sights set on him. They even called him up for training in the latest international break.
RoI head coach Martin O'Neill spoke about United's youngster: ''Very impressive young lad as Nicky Butt [United Academy chief] said to Roy Keane about him. He is a quiet guy who has done very well indeed. I've been impressed with him as a person and as a player. I think he has a very bright future. It is a great experience for him.''
O'Connor was among contenders for the Jimmy Murphy Young Player of the Year award for what he'd done last season. Tahith Chong won it in the end.