Manchester United complete signing of 'the Scouse Messi' - who could be set to dominate for years

Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag.
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Manchester United have completed the signing of Shea Lacey, a player dubbed "the Scouse Lionel Messi".

Merseyside-born Lacey comes from a family of Liverpool fans, but joined the Manchester United academy as a youngster due to his love of the Red Devils. With FA rules stating that players under the age of 17 aren't allowed to sign professional contracts, Manchester United had to wait to tie down the talent to a deal.

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Ryan Dabbs
Staff writer

Ryan is a staff writer for FourFourTwo, joining the team full-time in October 2022. He first joined Future in December 2020, working across FourFourTwo, Golf Monthly, Rugby World and Advnture's websites, before eventually earning himself a position with FourFourTwo permanently. After graduating from Cardiff University with a degree in Journalism and Communications, Ryan earned a NCTJ qualification to further develop as a writer while a Trainee News Writer at Future.