Evan Ferguson ‘set to snub’ Manchester United in favour of Brighton & Hove Albion stay
Brighton & Hove Albion star Evan Ferguson is ‘set to snub’ a move to Manchester United in favour of staying at the Amex Stadium side, according to The Sun.
The Red Devils have been monitoring the Ireland international during the international break. In Stephen Kenny’s team’s 3-2 win over Latvia, the youngster found the back of the net.
Apart from the Old Trafford side, other Premier League rivals are also monitoring the 18-year-old. Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea have an eye on him as well.
However, Ferguson is not looking to leave the Seagulls at the moment. The forward believes he will have a better chance of developing at the East Sussex club due to regular first-team opportunities.
In the upcoming transfer window, the Manchester-based club will prioritise the signing of a striker. To that end, the likes of Spurs star Harry Kane and SL Benfica’s Goncalo Ramos have been identified.
Ferguson signed for Brighton’s academy in January 2021. Over the years, the 18-year-old has made his way through the youth ranks at the Amex Stadium side.
In the current campaign, the striker has broken into the Seagulls’ first team. He has made 16 appearances in all competitions for the East Sussex club, finding the back of the net seven times and providing three assists.
Erik ten Hag is well known for developing young players. At Ajax, the Dutch manager brought through the likes of Frenkie de Jong, Ryan Gravenberch, Antony and Lisandro Martinez during his time in Amsterdam.
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It is understandable that Ferguson is having second thoughts about moving to a club with the stature of United just yet. However, it remains to be seen whether Ten Hag will be able to make the 18-year-old change his mind.
He is not wrong in thinking that he can get more playing time at Brighton. But a chance to move to a club like Manchester United may not come around very often.