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Thursday, 24 April 2014

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Man Utd defender on bench to see Carlisle Utd draw at Preston

Manchester United youngster Sean McGinty has joined Carlisle United on a one-month loan deal.

Sean McGinty photo
Sean McGinty

Boss Greg Abbott, who insisted Carlisle United were back to their defensive best despite their last-gasp heartbreak at Preston, resisted the temptation to throw in the defender last night after wrapping up a month’s loan deal for the 19-year-old before the game.

The Republic of Ireland Under-19 international’s arrival is crucial as Danny Livesey has been ruled out for three weeks with a broken hand.

Abbott sealed the move for McGinty – eligible to play for Carlisle in the FA Cup – after watching Manchester United’s reserves against Stoke on Monday night.

Abbott said: “Sean will give us height and pace and he covers the left-sided centre-half position and left-back.

“He is going to be a very good player and Manchester United have been fantastic with us.”

The centre-half, who was on the bench last night, joined Man Utd in 2009 from Charlton.

He earned a place in the reserve side in 2011 and has previously had loans at Morecambe and Oxford United.

He has represented the Republic of Ireland at U17 and U19 level.

McGinty has been given permission to play in the FA Cup match against Bournemouth next month.

The loan is due to expire at midnight on December 4.

Meanwhile, Abbott said his team had banished many of their recent woes with a strong showing against Graham Westley’s Preston side.

And the dramatic finish should not take the plaudits away from his battling team, the Blues boss claimed.

“We defended properly and made life difficult for Preston,” he said. “Their fans were booing them, which is a compliment to us.

“The late goal is the only disappointment but I am not going to dwell on it because we have to take a lot of positives out of it.

“If you defend properly, you look like a good side. If you give goals away, you lose discipline, get ragged and look an average side, which we have a couple of times.

“This time we looked a good side and if we can carry that determination forward we are going to be fine.”

In front of 941 travelling fans, Joe Garner’s 31st minute penalty – his sixth goal in 11 games – had United on their way to a first win at Deepdale since 1998 before sub Cummins’ 94th minute strike.

Abbott’s side had earlier survived a fourth-minute scare when a Scott Laird corner appeared to have crossed the line, but the officials spared United.

Garner then led United’s bid to unsettle Westley’s side, the loan striker clashing with Carlisle-born defender Paul Huntington in the second half as both players were booked.

Abbott was also full of praise for 18-year-old Brad Potts for his strong showing in the holding midfield role, while JP McGovern and Kallum Higginbotham also both earned recalls.

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