Former Manchester United starlet Yeboah Amankwa has snubbed the Red Devils to join rivals Manchester City instead, as per Manchester Evening News.
Yeboah Amankwa had a trial with Manchester United back in October, and even represented the club’s youth team in the Premier League international’s Football for Freedom trophy.
The talented defender was fully expected to sign for the Old Trafford giants on a permanent basis. In fact, Manchester City’s youth scouting manager in UK, Joe Shields, even posted a picture of Amankwah in a Manchester United shirt on his twitter account two months ago.
— Joe Shields (@Joe_Shields_) October 17, 2016
However, the 16-year-old starlet made a dramatic switch, by deciding to sign for United’s crosstown rivals Manchester City’s youth academy as a scholar.
Losing a talented youngster to their rivals will definitely be a blow for United, who have recently been extremely focused on strengthening their youth setup.
Major starlets like DJ Buffonge, Tahith Chong, Lee O’Connor, Nishan Burkart, and Joshua Bohui have all been snapped up by United in the past 12 months. Furthermore, the Reds have also recruited some of the best scouts in Europe as well to get their academy back to the topmost level.
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Perhaps this blow faced by Amankwa’s snub will be lightened by United’s recent success in signing Ajax wonderkid Millen Baars.
The 16-year-old midfielder rejected offers from Arsenal and Chelsea to sign for Manchester United, as per Millen’s father.
“Ajax is a great club with a very good youth, but they can unfortunately not cope so very well,” Baars Senior told Dutch newspaper Noordhollands Dagblad. “You saw in the past with other youth players who now play at other clubs. But Millen was ready for a different challenge.
“He played nine seasons in Amsterdam and he has always had the dream to play football in England. There was interest from Italy, Portugal and England, but when he was at Chelsea and United to look, he knew he wanted to play in Manchester. He did not even see Arsenal, his choice was made.”