Louis van Gaal
Louis van Gaal (pictured) has handed a trial to Glossop North End’s 21-year-old defender Sam Grimshaw Getty Images

Manchester United have reportedly handed a trial to Glossop North End youngster Sam Grimshaw.

According to the Daily Mail, the Red Devils have been impressed with the youngster's performances in the North West Counties League this season and this has prompted them to invite him to their Carrington training complex for a trial.

The 21-year-old is a versatile player and can operate either as a left sided defender or higher up the pitch as a winger and this is seen as a valuable asset for the youngster to possess.

The report claims that there has been interest from various clubs in the upper echelons of English football apart from the Old Trafford club.

Grimshaw, who previously spent nine years at the Manchester City academy can run 100m in less than 11 seconds is hoping to impress the United coaching staff and get himself a permanent deal at the club.

Louis van Gaal has been keen to strengthen the youth squads at United following his arrival and has stepped up recruitment after few youngsters were allowed to leave on-loan to gain first-team experience.

If Grimshaw signs for United, it will not be the first former City player to sign for them this season. They already bagged Sadiq El Fitouri, who was recommended by Red Devils legend Paul Scholes, who watched the youngster play for Salford against the club's U21 team.

Apart from Fitouri, the club have also signed a couple of other youngsters including Andy Kellett, who arrived on loan from Bolton on transfer deadline day in January. They have also recently handed a trial to Southport striker Drew Lewis, as they look to strengthen their U21 ranks for the rest of the campaign.