Manchester United have seen some exciting strikers burst into the first-team in recent seasons, with Mason Greenwood joining Marcus Rashford as a homegrown goal-scoring sensation.
Now the Manchester Evening News claims United have won the race for teenager Joe Hugill, and the former pair’s development could have played a major role in his decision.
After all, the MEN states that a host of clubs in England and Germany were interested in the 16-year-old. Yet it seems United are close to finalising a £300,000 deal for the exciting talent.
While a host of factors will play a role in every footballer’s decision, the fact that United have a history of giving youth a chance will surely have been on Hugill’s mind when they came calling.
The Sunderland prospect will have seen Rashford burst on to the scene in 2016 before Greenwood justified the hype in the current campaign.
Both strikers are earmarked to become United greats and, given his age, Hugill will know that he can also blossom in the youth ranks before getting chances of his own.
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gives youth an opportunity whenever possible. That cannot be said of all his Premier League counterparts, and Hugill will have seen the evidence to back that up.
If United do get a deal for Hugill over the line, he will be the latest in a long line of exciting teenage talent to join the club in recent years. Only time will tell if he follows in Greenwood’s footsteps.