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Di’Shon Bernard: The Story So Far

30 July 2021

An in-depth look at the career of the Tigers’ latest signing, Di’Shon Bernard…

 

Starting out with Chelsea’s Academy, the imposing centre-back joined Manchester United in July 2017, aged 16, after impressing on trial.

He became a regular starter for the Under-18s towards the back-end of his first season and made 27 appearances at that age group.

Bernard’s first experience of playing against senior opposition came in the 2019/20 EFL Trophy with United’s Under-21s, making his competition debut in a 2-0 win at Rotherham.

Victories at Lincoln (1-0) and Doncaster (2-1) ensured United’s youngsters topped Northern Group H before a 3-2 defeat at Tranmere ended their involvement in round two.

By then, Bernard had already been given his first-team debut by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after playing the full 90 minutes of United’s 2-1 defeat to Astana of Kazakhstan in the Europa League.

At youth level, Bernard continued to excel. He featured 12 times in Premier League 2 that season and gained further EFL Trophy experience at the start of 2020/21, starting the 6-0 thrashing of Salford and goalless draw at Rochdale.

The next step in his development was to test himself regularly in senior football – and in October 2020, he completed a loan move to neighbours Salford.

Game one came as a substitute in a 1-1 draw against Crawley, with Bernard making his full Ammies debut in the 2-0 FA Cup victory over Hartlepool.

His first professional goal was a 90th-minute consolation in a 2-1 reverse at Carlisle, with his second, incidentally, also a last-minute effort in a defeat to Mansfield by the same scoreline.

It was his performances at the other end, though, that were earning him plenty of plaudits.

Making 31 appearances in all competitions, Bernard helped Salford keep 15 clean sheets and was an important part of the meanest defence in League Two.

The Moor Lane club only conceded 19 goals in the 27 league matches he started but it wasn’t quite enough for them to squeeze into the play-offs, finishing two points short in eighth.

Highly thought of at Old Trafford, the right-sided defender has featured for United’s first team this pre-season, appearing in the friendlies against QPR and Derby.

The 20-year-old has today penned a new long-term contract with the Premier League giants but will first be looking to prove his worth in the Championship with the Tigers.


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