Manchester United academy goalkeeper Daniel Polakowski to leave the club

Manchester United academy goalkeeper Daniel Polakowski is set to leave the club.

United have confirmed Polakowski has a scholarship offer at Manhattan College in the USA. 

Polakowski was part of the 2020 scholarship intake at United, and his contract was set to run out this summer.

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United head of academy Nick Cox wished Polakowski well, telling the club website: “We are all really proud of Dan’s achievements on and off the pitch. Throughout the Academy we strive to improve the lives of each and every one of the boys and encourage them to reach their full potential.”

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“For some, their journey with us will lead them to a first team debut at Manchester United. For others it may look different, whether that is playing professional or part-time football elsewhere, the start of a successful career or further education.

“As an academy, we put significant focus on holistic development to ensure that the boys have a fantastic experience and a wide range of skillsets. Everyone is delighted for Dan and look forward to following the next step of his journey over in America.”

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Polakowski, 18, was part of a few matchday squads for the under-18s this season but did not play a single game.

Younger prospects Tom Wooster and Eric Hanbury were preferred, while Radek Vitek has been the starter in the FA Youth Cup.

United have a healthy queue of young goalkeepers, with Matej Kovar and Nathan Bishop both currently impressing out on loan in the Football League, while Ondre Mastny has been playing for the under-23s.

In front of them, veteran Tom Heaton, Dean Henderson and David de Gea will remain first team options for pre-season at least, with Lee Grant set to be released.

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