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25 February 2014

Get to know Latics’ new loan signing Ryan Tunnicliffe.

As usual with a new signing at Wigan Athletic we bring you a quick 10 facts, here are our 10 facts about Ryan Tunnicliffe.

1. Born 30 December 1992 in Heywood, Greater Manchester, Ryan shares his birthday with Ali Al Habsi (1981) and former players Colin Greenall (1963) and John Brown (1947).

2. Tunnicliffe was scouted by Manchester United at the age of nine, he progressed through the Academy before signing as a scholar in July 2009, before signing his first professional deal in December 2009.

3. Ryan was a big part of Manchester United’s 2011 FA Youth Cup winning side and also won the Jimmy Murphy Young Player of the Year award, previously won by the likes of Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Phil Neville.

4. At just 14-years-old, Tunnicliffe made his England Under 16s debut and went on to captain the side in the Victory Shield against Northern Ireland, before representing England Under 17s in the 2009 European Championships.

5. Tunnicliffe made his professional debut at 18-years-old during a loan spell at Peterborough United in August 2011, appearing as a late substitute against Crystal Palace in the Championship. Ryan went on to play 30 times for Posh.

6. After appearing twice in the League Cup for Manchester United, making his debut against Newcastle United in September 2012, Tunnicliffe joined Barnsley on loan for a month, gathering more Championship experience.

7. Upon making is Manchester United debut, Tunnicliffe’s Dad won £10,000 after placing a £100 bet on Ryan at age nine, claiming he would one day play for the Old Trafford club.

8. Tunnicliffe played a big part in Manchester United’s 2012/13 Barclays Under 21 Premier League title win and scored in a top of the table clash against Tottenham Hotspur.

9. On deadline day in January 2014, Ryan signed for Fulham alongside another former Manchester United man Larnell Cole, with both of them making their debuts for the Cottagers at Old Trafford in a 2-2 draw.

10. Ryan’s first sport at a young age was rugby, taking it up at six-years-old before switching to football when he was scouted by Manchester United.

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