Hull City look set to make their sixth signing of the summer, with Manchester United defender Di’Shon Bernard on the verge of joining the club.
He looks set to make the move to the MKM Stadium on a season-long loan, with Grant McCann getting his man after admitting earlier this week he was targeting a new centre-back.
Bernard will offer competition for Jacob Greaves and Alfie Jones at the heart of the defence next season as the Tigers make their return to the Championship.
Here’s everything you need to know about the latest name set to join City this summer.
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Who is Di’Shon Bernard?
Bernard is a 20-year-old defender who plays for Manchester United.
The young centre-back started out at Chelsea’s academy back in 2011, before making the switch to Old Trafford in 2017.
He has gone on to establish himself as one of United’s stars in their youth setup, leading to him being handed his senior debut in 2019.
What experience does he have?
After impressing on trial at Carrington, Bernard became a regular in United’s Under-18s side towards the back-end of the 2017/18 season.
The following season saw him make 21 appearances for the U18s, as well as making five starts for the U23s as he rose through the ranks.
Di’Shon Bernard in action for Manchester United during the pre-season friendly against QPR earlier this month
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Bernard made his first team debut for United in the Europa League, playing in young side against Kazakhstan side Astana in November 2019, although his bow didn’t quite go according to plan as he scored an own goal in a 2-1 defeat.
Last season, he made the move on loan to League Two side Salford City as he looked to get more senior experience under his belt.
How did he perform last season?
Bernard made 31 appearances in total for Salford last season, scoring two goals in the process.
He helped to form the meanest defence in the division, with the Ammies conceding just 34 goals in 46 games.
With Bernard in the side, Salford kept 14 out of their 22 clean sheets during the campaign, although it wasn’t quite enough to earn them a spot in the play-offs as they finished two points off the top seven.
What has he said previously?
Speaking about his time on loan with Salford, Bernard said: “To be fair, I’m just happy I took the step to come out on loan instead of just staying in the Under-23s as I’ve definitely developed as a player and learned a lot of new things.
“First-team football was definitely something I needed. It comes to a point where the Under-23s was no longer a test [for me] and you need to go out and play men’s football to test your ability.
“I think I’ve coped well in League Two. I’ve come up against a lot of different players and I think I’ve done well, to be honest.
“League Two is definitely a league where you see a lot of aerial balls but it’s showed me football is not always about the nice parts on the floor, playing out from the back.
Di’Shon Bernard in action for Salford City last season against Bolton Wanderers
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“Teams can hoof it long and play off second balls, yet still dominate and win the game. It’s definitely something I’ve learned and I’ve coped well with it.
“You come up against big strikers, small strikers, and the big ones are the most difficult! But it’s been a good test and I’ve coped well really.
“You’ve just got to have that strong head and be good mentally, to be honest. You know loans can be difficult sometimes and a lot of players go on loan and end up not playing.
“Luckily for me, that was not the case. I went in straight away and trained hard and worked hard. The gaffer saw that and I got chances in the team and took them really.”