Paul Scholes
Salford City joint owner Paul Scholes has reportedly backed El Fitouri's signingGetty

Manchester United have completed the signing of Salford City and former Manchester City starlet Sadiq El Fitouri after agreeing terms with the 20-year-old right-back to join the Under 21 squad on an 18-month contract , the Premier League giants confirmed.

Recent reports have claimed Salford City joint owners and former United stars Paul Scholes and Phil Neville have recommended Old Trafford sign the Libya-born defender.

Even though El Fitouri had just joined Salford in December 2014, United have now opted to offer him a contract at Warren Joyce's squad after impressing the United staff during a trial at Carrington Training ground.

The Premier League giants have confirmed the deal throw an official statement.

"Sadiq El Fitouri has signed for Manchester United on an 18-month contract and will link up with Warren Joyce's Under-21 squad.

The 20-year-old Salford City right-back only made his debut for the Northern Premier League club earlier this month but impressed during a week's trial at the Aon Training Complex and has earned a full-time move."

Meanwhile, Fitouri has expressed his delight over making a "dream come true" – having previously played at the Etihad Stadium academy.

"This is honestly a dream come true for me and I have to thank Salford City for the chance, as well as the faith they have shown in me," said El Fitouri.

"I am really looking forward to what happens next and to be given the opportunity to do so at Manchester United is unbelievable."

Fitouri is expected to join the Under 21 side but considering that Lois van Gaal has only one right-back in the first-team in Rafael – while winger Antonio Valencia is currently covering the role – the new signing may have a chance to prove his worth to the Dutch boss in the near future.

Meanwhile, former United right-back Gary Neville has already backed his arrival on Twitter.