Young Defender Admits He Isn’t Surprised At Being Offloaded By Manchester United

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, assistant coach Michael Carrick, Alexis Sanchez, Juan Mata, Lee Grant and Victor Lindelof on the bench during the match.

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Regan Poole has opened up about his departure from Manchester United.

The Red Devils’ youth academy graduate is set to part ways with his boyhood club this summer, as his contract expires on June 30.

The defender managed to play just one minute of senior team football during his four-year stay at Old Trafford, when he was subbed on as a late substitute by Louis van Gaal during United’s Europa League clash against FC Midtjylland.

Now, the 20-year-old has opened up about his exit, claiming that he expected to be released by the Mancunian giants.

“(Being released by United) wasn’t a surprise,” Poole told the BBC. “I had an idea what was going to happen but I’ve loved every minute there — they improved me as a player.

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“I’ve not really thought about what will happen next but there are a few clubs who are interested. Every footballer wants to play, I need to weigh up what suits me the best and where I can play every game of the season.”

Further, the young defender remains hopeful that regular club football will help him carve his place in the Welsh national team.

“I’m still the same player, my aims are still the same and I still feel I can break into the senior team with Wales,” he added. “And hopefully I can get a move to kick-on and help with that.”