It is not every day that a huge club makes a groundbreaking signing, but that is exactly what has happened at Old Trafford - all while making one young man's dream come true.
Manchester United have hired an important new member of staff in Sohail Rehman, who has become the first ever wheelchair-bound football coach at professional level.
Rehman, after a stint working in Sunday league football, has become a coach of elite footballers after having gained his badges.
The 22-year-old, who hails from Keighley in Yorkshire, has been signed up by United to work specifically with the club's academy. It is a crucial role that Rehman will adopt, looking after the young players of the future and coaching the potential stars of the next generation.
"Big thanks to David Moyes," Sohail told the Telegraph and Argus. "I did a coaching session at United and after that he was basically saying how impressed he was with me. He wanted to get me on board with the club - he started everything off."
A United spokesman said: "We are absolutely delighted to welcome Sohail to Manchester United, his determination to reach a unique role in football is an example to us all.
"In the face of great adversity Sohail has shown that hard work and determination counts for everything in overcoming obstacles. Since coming to the training ground, everyone at Manchester United has welcomed Sohail with open arms."
Club legend Nicky Butt said: "It is an amazing achievement and speaking to him he comes across as a young man who knows what he wants to achieve.
"It is magnificent now that he will be sharing these great qualities with young players of the future and I am sure they will be inspired by all that he has achieved."
Congratulations to Sohail Rehman, my inspiration for today. http://t.co/MramQzwTlG
— Ruth Hyde (@Relhyde) August 14, 2014
— Fletch (@FletchTM) August 13, 2014
The famous 'Class of '92' all progressed through the ranks at United, and Sohail will now be able to have real influence over the next David Beckham, Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes.
Clearly not lacking any confidence or ambition, Rehman has made it known to local media in Manchester that he intends to secure the top job at Old Trafford.
Who is his role model and hero? Sir Alex Ferguson. That is, of course, the man he hopes to emulate. But that is not all, because a letter sent to Rehman from Fergie himself is cited as his inspiration.
“When the chance to play was taken away from me I think it was the only option I had really,” Rehman told the Daily Mail.
“I had a little bit of doubt before about coaching at that high level obviously having never played the game at a certain level, but when I got a letter from Sir Alex that was the final piece in the jigsaw. He congratulated me on my coaching badges and for the kind of goals I had in mind.
“It was a big honour, he is one of the biggest men in football. I’m going for it now, nothing will stop me.”
This is just the start for the young coach, but he will already be having a significant impact on one of the biggest clubs in the world.
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