Manchester United are planning for a major recruitment drive in recent months by bringing in a number of talented young lads, and the Reds could now be set to hijack two teenagers from their arch rivals Manchester City.
According to the latest report published by the Manchester Evening News, the Red Devils’ Under-17 squad announced City teenagers Edward Elewa-Ikpakwu and Ellis Simms on the bench against Everton after the pair were handed trials.
Both the talents were called off the bench during the 3-1 victory, with Elewa-Ikpakwu playing at centre-back and Simms operating on the left wing.
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The pair has appeared for England at youth levels, and could now be ready to swap the Etihad Stadium’s youth academy for Old Trafford’s.
Elewa-Ikpakwu, 15, was called up by England U16s for the two international friendlies against Romania last August, while Simms played for England U15s last year.
Jose Mourinho has embarked on a massive recruitment drive over the past few months, signing six young prospects – including the likes of DJ Buffonge and Tahith Chong – to bolster their ranks.
The last player to rise through the youth system of United was Marcus Rashford, with the striker making it to the first-team after joining the club as a 7-year-old. Rashford has netted a total of 13 goals for the senior team, and has also been capped by England.