Manchester United youth product Ruairi Croskery joined United in July 2013 after coming through the club’s Center Of Excellence in Lisburn, Northern Ireland. He had been part of the Center since the tender age of 9!
5 years on and hundreds of goals later at the age of 14, Manchester United scout Eddie Coulter told him he was ready for the move to Old Trafford. Coming from a proud family of Manchester United fans, this was a dream move for the youngster.
Speaking to local media outlets, Eddie insisted that young Ruairi was “every bit as good” as Northern Ireland hero David Healy at the same age.
“There’s no doubt about that,” he said. “Healy was a tremendous finisher, and so is Ruairi. He’s a natural finisher, and he’s two-footed, which you need to be in the modern game.”
“He’s a nice boy too, there’s no big head or nothing. He just wants to get on with it.” This will be a huge relief for Manchester United fans who are all too aware of talents such as Pogba forcing moves to other clubs in search of First Team football.
With an excellent work ethic and a sixth sense for goals it was inevitable that Ruairi’s presence would be felt! Playing against Chelsea U-16’s at Carrington as a 14 year old, the young United fan, impressed Sir Alex himself. He continued to impress in the sides recent Milk Cup run where he often found himself on the score sheet.
The 18 Year old’s natural position is as a Classic #9. He plays right up top and he is in the Javier Hernandez mold. He is a true fox-in-the-box, however some aspects of his game still needs developing. He needs to improve his ability to hold up the ball and bring team mates into the game, like all great center forwards do. However he still has a long time to develop. First team opportunities might seem far away but previous youth stars such as Adnan Januzaj have shown if you’re good enough you’re old enough!
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