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Habeeb Ogunneye: Meet England-born Nigeria-eligible teenager named in Manchester United squad to face Nottingham Forest

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Habeeb Ogunneye signed his first professional deal with Manchester United in 2022 and has been a regular for the club’s U-21 side.

Manchester United Academy player, Habeeb Ogunneye has been included in the senior team’s squad to face Nottingham Forest in their FA Cup clash tonight, Soccernet.ng reports.

With Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Lisandro Martinez and Luke Shaw injured, the youngster has been called into the team to possibly give Erik Ten Haag more options in the full-back position.

Who is Habeeb Ogunneye?

Born in London on the 12th of November, 2005, Ogunneye is a right-back who has played through the ranks at the Manchester United academy so far in his career.

He made his debut for the U-18 team in 2021, aged fifteen and signed his first professional contract a year later and is currently playing for the club’s U-21 side under the tutelage of Travis Binnion.

Habeeb in action for Manchester United in the FA Youth Cup

Habeeb can also play as a wing-back as he likes to join the attack and help his team on the offensive side of things. The 18-year-old made his England U-17 debut in 2021 and has three appearances for the Three Lions in total, but also has Nigerian roots and could don the jersey of the Super Eagles in the future.

Ogunneye played in the UEFA Youth League for the Red Devils last season in a 2-1 victory over Young Boys and has three assists in thirty-six appearances for Manchester United’s U-21 team.

It is unknown if Habeeb make his debut for the club tonight, but with Sergio Reguilon’s loan spell cut short in January and Tyrell Malacia suffering from a recurrent knee injury, Manchester United will want to avoid any injuries to Diogo Dalot or Victor Lindelof to further worsen their already thin squad.

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