What happened to former Manchester United loanee Andy Kellett?

Manchester United’s transfer policy has been questionable for much of the post-Ferguson era but Andy Kellett was perhaps the most obscure of the lot.

Louis van Gaal landed huge global names such as Angel di Maria, Radamel Falcao and Bastian Schweinsteiger during his time at Old Trafford.

He also signed Kellett on loan from Bolton in February 2015 (BBC), which remains as perplexing now as it was then.

Kellett has spoken to Non League Daily about his time at United and we looked and what happened to him after he left Old Trafford…

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Kellett’s first day nutmeg

Kellett said: “If there’s one thing, I would say that the difference in intensity and speed is minimal going through the leagues, but the quality in the finishing and the passing and the movement is completely different.

“It made it easier for me at the time, playing and training with players like that. The other thing that sticks out in my mind is in my first training session, I got megged by (Ángel) Di María, and everyone was just running around screaming!

“As embarrassing as that was for me, it made me feel less anxious about the situation.”

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What happened after United?

Kellett didn’t play for the first team at all during his loan at United and left Bolton for Wigan in the summer of 2015.

He struggled to establish himself with the Latics in three years before moving to Notts County, but they were relegated to the National League at the end of his first season at the club, in May 2019.

He was without a club following his release from Notts County before moving to AFC Fylde in December but left without making a league appearance, signing for Alfreton Town earlier this month.

It’s a long way from being nutmegged by Angel di Maria but at 26, Kellett’s career still has time for a few more moves yet.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.