Manchester United youth talent Harrison Parker decides to move to Manchester City
City’s academy has done pretty well over the past few years and just like their senior team has been winning the youth leagues.
United’s academy, on the other hand, has also reciprocated the form shown by the senior side and have been lacklustre for quite some time, although they did win the Youth Cup last season.
Parker, 16, is a central defender who played one season for United U-18s where they finished third in the league with City as the eventual winner.
Undoubtedly, he is making a move to a better academy who have a good rate of producing players ready to play in the Premier League.
Phil Foden is the poster boy whereas talents such as James Trafford, Liam Depay, Gazin Bazunu, Romeo Lavia and even Jadon Sancho have come up from the City academy.
Only time will tell if United end up regretting the decision of not keeping hold of Parker, although they tried their best to keep him at the club with the player offered the ‘highest youth deal’.
Erik Ten Hag has made a change to the academy scenario with many academy players leaving on permanent moves to nurture their career at another club.
Zidane Iqbal, Teden Mengi, Marc Jurado, and Charlie Savage with James Garner leaving the club last year have all been part of the policy of not allowing players the time and comfort to see Old Trafford as a place to build their careers if they are not deemed good enough.
In some way, it is a good policy as it allows the best of the best to come to the academy and build a name for themselves.
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Opportunities will be provided to the ones who deserve it with the likes of Alejandro Garnacho, Dan Gore and Omari Forson being a constant part of the first-team set-up.