Manchester United

A Young Irwin, Quite Literally

Manchester United legend Denis Irwin’s son is being compared to Paul Scholes for his skill and finishing ability in the Bolton academy.

Liam Irwin, seventeen, has made an impressive start for Bolton’s under eighteen’s side, scoring four goals in the first seven games. His form has earned him a call up to the Republic of Ireland’s under nineteen squad for their 2011 European Championship qualifiers with Luxembourg, Bulgaria and Serbia.

His under eighteen’s boss David Lee has said: “Liam’s goal will have sent him away on a high. He is technically a very good footballer and what we have worked on is his ability to get into the box. He is a bit like Paul Scholes in the way that he can ghost in unnoticed, and once he gets in those positions, then there is no better finisher than him from a midfielder’s perspective.”

On being called up for Ireland Lee said: “This call-up just reflects the progress that he is making and international recognition shows that he is definitely heading in the right direction. He is very level-headed, takes advice on board and if he is half as decent as his dad was then we will have a great player.”

‘His dad’ Denis played for Manchester United for twelve years making three hundred and sixty eight league appearances, scoring twenty two goals in the process. He won the Premier League seven times, the FA Cup three times and a Champions League. He is now a presenter on MUTV.


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