Regan Poole has best shot of making Manchester United regret release
For 15 players, life away from Manchester United is set to begin.
United confirmed their released list on the club’s official website. There was a total of 13 academy youngsters, in addition to Antonio Valencia and Ander Herrera.
Also released were, Matthew Olosunde, Tyrell Warren, DJ Buffonge, Callum Gribbin, Millen Baars, Josh Bohui, James Thompson, Regan Poole, Zak Dearnley, Tom Sang, Callum Whelan, Matty Willock, James Wilson.
Of the academy talents, the one with the best chance of making United regret their decision is Regan Poole.
Poole has been making impressive progress over the last couple of seasons.
He made his one and only United appearance in 2016 as a late substitute under Louis van Gaal against Midtylland, the same game Marcus Rashford made his two-goal debut.
Poole has not had a chance since, and has had to make do with loan spells. He has used them well.
Last season he made 24 appearances for Northampton, and this year he played 43 games for Newport County, the club United signed him from.
He led Newport to the play-off final, a game which ended in an extra-time play-off defeat.
The 20-year-old has captained United’s under-23 side, and now already has a substantial amount of competitive football under his belt.
In his favour is his versatility, starring at both right-back and centre-back for Newport this season, playing the odd game in midfield too.
Poole has a chance of a long and successful career in the game. Whether he ever reaches the heights of United, that’s down to him, but he is on the way to making a success of himself.
As a Wales under-21 international, a call from Ryan Giggs could beckon in the future too.
Newport want to sign him, and he told BBC Sport he has ‘a few’ offers.
We wish him all the best and hope he goes on to prompt United to want to bring him back one day.