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Carlisle United sign Oliver Norwood on emergency loan

Oliver Norwood
Norwood is a regular for Manchester United's reserve team

Carlisle United have signed Manchester United midfielder Oliver Norwood on a one-month emergency loan deal.

The 19-year-old has been brought in after Paul Thirlwell was ruled out of the next three to four weeks with a medial ligament strain.

Norwood will join up with his Old Trafford team-mate James Chester, who is on a six-month loan at Brunton Park.

The Northern Ireland international has yet to make a first team appearance for Sir Alex Ferguson's side.

Norwood had previously played for England at Under-17 level before switching his allegiance to Northern Ireland, who he is eligible to play for through his parentage.

Technically he is excellent - this will give him a good opportunity to get in and around first team football

Greg Abbott

He represented Northern Ireland at Under-19, Under-21 and B level before making his senior debut in a friendly match against Montenegro last month, which Northern Ireland lost 2-0.

Cumbrians manager Greg Abbott said: "Olly is another good [signing] with an excellent background, and his cap at international level shows how highly thought of he is.

"Technically he is excellent and this will give him a good opportunity to get in and around first team football."

Norwood joined Manchester United at the age of seven and represented the club at all junior levels before making his debut for the reserve team in a 2-1 win at Middlesbrough in November 2007.

He signed a professional contract with the Red Devils in July 2009 on the back of series of impressive displays for the club's second string.

He was called up to Sir Alex Ferguson's first team for their Champions League group stage match away to Wolfsburg last season but was not named in the 18-man match day squad.

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