Manchester United sign youth prospect James Bailey

Manchester United have signed another young player to the club’s academy.

James Bailey, 14, has joined United after signing from Burnley.

The young winger is a talented prospect who was pictured putting pen to paper on his academy contract.

Bailey’s move sees him try to succeed where current Burnley winger Dwight McNeill did not.


McNeill was part of United’s academy before being released. He then signed with Burnley and has become an established Premier League star.

United continuing to pursue young talent

Manchester United like all other English clubs are unable to sign non-UK players under 18, due to Brexit.

This has intensified recruitment of young players based in the country, for all clubs.

Over the past year United have signed Ethan Ennis from Liverpool, Jack Kingdon from Morecambe, Tom Wooster from Barnsley, Harrison Parker from Arsenal, and Malachi Sharpe, Sekou Kaba and James Scanlon from Derby County.

Bailey is the latest addition and while it could be a couple of years before he gets into the under-18s side, United will look to give him every opportunity to succeed.

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