Matthew Olosunde
New York Red Bulls youngster Matthew Olosunde (2nd from left) has been a regular in US junior squadsGetty

Manchester United have handed a trial to young American defender Matthew Olosunde, according to a report in the Daily Mail.

The 16-year-old, who is part of the New York Red Bulls franchise in the MLS, has attracted interest from the Red Devils, who are on a pre-season tour of the United States.

Olosunde, who was born in Trenton, New Jersey, has been part of the US junior squads since he was 13. The report said the young defender will be a part of the USSA U17 team, which has qualified for the U17 World Cup to be played in Chile in October this year.

The young American defender can operate at either right-back or centre-back, and is training with United, hoping to impress the Red Devils coaches during his spell with the club.

Louis van Gaal has actively strengthened the United youth set-up since he took over last summer, while he continues to focus on bringing the senior squad back to winning ways in the Premier League. He has signed Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Sadiq El Fitouri and Vanja Milinkovic-Savic during the past year and recently handed a trial to Mason Holgate, a young defender from Barnsley.

Meanwhile, new signing Memphis Depay, who made his debut for United in their recent game in the International Champions' Cup, has expressed his delight at scoring his first goal for the 20-time English champions. He believes it is a first of many, as he looks to get settled at the club sooner rather than later.

"It's a great feeling. I'm a striker or attacking midfielder, so it's always nice to score goals and give assists. Today was my first one and, I think, the first of many, so I keep working on it," the Dutch forward told United's official site.

"Of course, it was a mistake by the defender but Wayne [Rooney] was putting pressure on him [Jean-Baptiste Pierazzi] so he made the mistake. I was reading the situation. I already thought, like gambling, that he was going to lose the ball so I was there and made my first goal," he added.