Manchester United are a club famed for giving opportunities to young talent, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has shown this past season he will continue that tradition.
But not every young player in the academy can make it. There were 10 youngsters released this summer, and 13 the previous year. In addition that, Ben Hockenhull left United to sign with Brentford B just over a week ago.
One of the players released by United recently was Cameron Borthwick-Jackson.
He has now found a new club, last night clinching a one-year deal with League Two side Oldham Athletic. He spent time on loan at Oldham in his final loan before his release on June 30.
Speaking to Oldham’s website, Borthwick-Jackson, 23, said: “I’m really pleased to be back at the club and can’t wait to get going again.
“I enjoyed my loan spell last season and I’m pleased I’ve got another opportunity now to build on that and show the fans more of what I can do.
“I’ll give 100% commitment again and I’m focused on getting regular game time as part of a strong defensive unit.”
Callum Gribbin finds a new club
One of the players most surprisingly released in 2019 was midfield talent Callum Gribbin.
The England youth international eventually signed with Sheffield United last September, but like Ravel Morrison, was unable to make the Blades’ first team and was released when his short-term deal expired.
Last night it was announced has signed with newly promoted League Two side Barrow.
Barrow announced Gribbin’s arrival as an ‘exciting signing’, and the 21-year-old has a one-year deal with an option of a further 12 months.
He is yet to make his professional debut, and dropping down to Barrow gives him a great chance to kickstart his career.
Traore wanted in France
One Manchester United academy player who could be on the move is midfielder Aliou Traore.
French website Footmercato claim that the Ligue 2 side have opened talks with United over a possible deal.
Traore is a promising midfielder at just 19, who has one more year left on his contract.
His path to first team football at Old Trafford appears blocked however, and there are other academy players ahead of him in the queue, despite his record of four goals in 14 under-23 games last season.
United may decide to just take a small fee and let him move on at this point, with a buy-back option as part of a deal just in case.
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