Former Manchester United talent Demetri Mitchell lands Hibernian move 18 month after Red Devils release

Back when Jose Mourinho was in charge, Demetri Mitchell was one of Manchester United’s top youth prospects.

The talented left-back caught the eye in pre-season before enjoying a promising loan spell with Hearts. Then injury struck.

Fitness problems derailed Mitchell’s progress and he missed the entire 2019/20 season before being released.

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After two months without a club which included a trial spell with Sunderland, Mitchell eventually joined Blackpool.

The move to The Tangerines proved to be exactly what Mitchell needed. He played a key role as Blackpool won promotion to the Championship, although this season lost his place as a regular starter.

Now he has clinched a new transfer, returning to Scotland for fifth placed side Hibernian.

Manager Shaun Maloney told the club website: “I’m delighted to sign Demetri. He brings excellent attributes in different positions and will help us in both attacking and defensive situations.

“As a player, he brings real technical quality and outstanding speed, particularly in one vs one situations. My staff and I look forward to working with him.”

Mitchell, now 25, has signed a contract until 2024. One challenge for the left-back is Hibs are rivals with his former loan side Hearts.

If he succeeds in winning over his new set of fans, he will probably frustrate his old ones in the process, but a return to Scotland certainly has a familiar feel for him.

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It is now nearly five years since Mitchell’s one and only appearance for Manchester United. This came in the end of season win over Crystal Palace back in 2017.

The former Denzil Haroun Reserve Team Player of the Year now has another fresh start, and a chance to put his learning at Carrington to good use.

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