Manchester United Youngster Matty Willock Joins St Mirren On Loan

General view during training.

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Manchester United graduate Matty Willock has decided to join Scottish League outfit St Mirren on loan this summer.

Carrington is one of the most famous football academics in England. Many young players join the prestigious academy with dreams to represent Manchester United one day, but only a select few players from each year are able to make it into the first team.

Even if they do make the first team, the road to be a regular in the starting XI is even tougher. Most players tend to move on loan deals and impress the gaffer with a period at a lower league team, and Matty Willock is one such case.

Born in Waltham Forest, he started his youth career at Arsenal. Willock was released from the Gunners academy at the age of 15. He had secured trials with Reading and Sunderland, but failed to land a contract.

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In 2012, the midfielder joined Manchester United and made his first appearance for the youth side at the Northern Ireland Youth Soccer Tournament that year. After a period of two years, he earned a professional contract with the Red Devils.


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Matty Willock featured on the United bench twice during the 16/17 season, but didn’t make an appearance. Last season, he was sent out on a season-long loan to FC Utrecht, but the club decided to cut it short to January. The midfielder immediately joined St Johnstone until the end of the season.

United are pretty packed in the midfield at present. Pogba and Matic are regular names on the team sheet, while Herrera, Fellaini, Fred and Pereira will be competing for the third spot. This means Willock would hardly get a look under Mourinho this season.


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The 21-year-old has therefore decided to go out on a temporary basis, and joined Scottish Premiership club St Mirren on a season-long loan. The club will be making its return to top flight after a break of 3 seasons, as they won the Championship last time around.

Willock should grab this opportunity with both hands to prove a point to Mourinho by the end of this season. This might be his last chance to prove his abilities to people at Manchester United, as time seems to be ticking on his career.

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