Greg Abbott has signed Manchester United midfielder Oliver Norwood on an emergency month loan deal after Paul Thirwell was ruled out for the next few weeks.
Thirwell’s medial ligament strain allows the Manchester United youngster a chance at regular first team football as he continues his progression through the United junior levels.
Norwood will join United team-mate James Chester at Brunton Park as Abbott looks to challenge for the League One title – Carlisle are 22/1 to win the title despite sitting second in the league.
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 has been capped at England Under-17 level but switched his allegiance to Northern Ireland, whom he qualifies for through his parentage.
Despite his age, Norwood has the ability to control a game from midfield and Carlisle will benefit from his Premier League training over the next month as Carlisle face tough opposition in Peterborough, Bournemouth and Notts County.
A strong showing through those games will see Norwood secure a longer loan deal and Carlisle’s title odds will dramatically shorten.
The 19-year-old has been at United since he was seven and signed a professional contract with the club last year after impressing in the reserves.
He is likely to be thrown straight into the side for Carlisle clash with Brighton on Saturday and Carlisle are 13/10 to emerge victorious.
Brighton have started strongly with ten points from their first five games and are 2/1 to go to Carlisle and win.
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