The video that convinced SAF to give Max Lonsdale a trial at Man United

This is yet another incredible summer transfer story and shares plenty of similarities with the Owen Hargreaves YouTube fitness videos which we exclusively revealed earlier this month.

Max Lonsdale was released by League Two Macclesfield Town earlier this summer. It reportedly came as a surprise since the right winger had already built up a reputation as a talented youngster.

Armed with a CV and a DVD of himself in action, Lonsdale knocked on the door of Sir Alex Ferguson’s house in Cheshire and simply asked the legendary Manchester United manager for a trial.

To his credit, Ferguson told Lonsdale that he would get someone at Manchester United to look at the DVD and he would be in touch. The DVD was watched by a reserve coach who was impressed – eventually inviting him for a trial at the Premier League champions.

Lonsdale’s trial was extended from one week to a second and he has now made two appearances for the Manchester United reserve team – the latest was a 56 minute start in the 7-1 win over Spartans on Sunday. Alongside the likes of Tomasz Kuszczak, Darron Gibson and Paul Pogba.

In the last 48 hours, footage of Max Lonsdale in action has appeared on YouTube on a Maxlonsdale1 channel, showing him in action for Macclesfield Town’s youth team with typed commentary on top of the video.

Macclesfield must be kicking themselves, even if Lonsdale doesn’t make it at Old Trafford, the publicity alone should ensure he secures a professional contract somewhere.

The scouting video that convinced Sir Alex Ferguson to give Max Lonsdale a trial at Manchester United is here.