Two Manchester United players are set to make an exit from the club even before the official opening of the transfer window.
As per Manchester Evening News, Red Devils’ youngsters Kayne Diedrick-Roberts and Faustin Makela seem to have left the club.
18-year-old Diedrick-Roberts had moved to United from Fulham in 2015, and scored in the Under-18s’ win at Middlesbrough early in 2016-17. The forward had lined up alongside Marcus Rashford in the academy attack last season, but was outshone by United’s other youngsters.
Roberts then moved to Bournemouth on a youth loan in December in order to get more play time, and then made a return to Old Trafford for his only United Reserves start in the draw with Leicester in April.
The news was confirmed by academy captain Callum Whelan in an Instagram Story earlier this month.
Hampered by growth-related injuries, 17-year-old Faustin Makela, who was restricted to just one academy start in successive seasons, is also said to be confirmed to leave the club.
The midfielder had made his Under-23 debut at Leicester in April, and has already taken up a youth loan with League One side Bury due to a lack of playing time.
Makela wrote on Instagram: “Shared a lot and good memories with the boys, going to miss you all & good luck to everyone in the future.”
One of the recent United debutants, Angel Gomes, posed with Makela, holding a shirt signed by his academy teammates.
Manchester United to confirm departure of youngsters Kayne Diedrick-Roberts and Faustin Makela [M.E.N] pic.twitter.com/I9cUNv9RJW
— José Mourinho-MUFC (@Utd_JM) May 30, 2017
With the club expected to confirm their retained and released list within the next few weeks, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s United contract about to expire this summer, the possibility of discharging some of the other youth players may be very well on the table.
The two high-profile departures last summer included Victor Valdes and Nick Powell.
Written by Sidharth Jindal
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