MANCHESTER — Not all football players are successful when they defend Manchester United (MU). There have been many cases of players leaving Old Trafford in order to get more playing opportunities. This is especially the case with young players. Some who leave continue to fail elsewhere, but some are also successful.
The Mirror notes that at least seven players have had success when they left Manchester United and played at a high level. Here are seven players who started to rediscover their fortunes after leaving Manchester United, quoted by the Mirror , Tuesday (16/11):
Sam Johnstone (West Brom)
Since then, he has become West Brom’s number one goalkeeper and played for the England national team. He has been linked with a return to the Premier League next summer.
Ravel Morrison (Derby)
The player who existed at the time of Sir Alex Ferguson was known as a talented talent left Manchester United in 2012. Despite his promising ability, he only played three times with United and all of them in the League Cup.
Having enjoyed a day job after leaving United, he is now with Championship side Derby under Wayne Rooney. He was given a one-year contract after impressing in pre-season, including a friendly against United.
He has been a regular with Derby. He wished he had been there longer.
Josh Harrop (Preston)
Harrop made his only appearance for United on the final day of the 2016/2017 season. At that time, he scored a goal against Crystal Palace in Manchester United’s 2-0 win at Old Trafford.
He refused a new contract and chose to join Championship team, Preston. He spent the second half of last season on loan at League One club Ipswich. But since returning to Deepdale he has barely appeared. Moreover, he suffered a knee injury.
Will Keane (Wigan Atletic)
Keane and his brother Michael were in United’s academy from a young age. Michael then played for Burnley and now Everton. While Keane spent most of his career in the Championship and League One.
He made just two league appearances for United before leaving for Hull in 2016. But he struggled in East Yorkshire and scored just one goal for the Tigers before joining Ipswich initially on loan.
He joined Wigan in October 2020 and his form continues to improve rapidly. His seven goals this season earned him his first call-up to the Republic of Ireland at the age of 28. He made his debut against Portugal earlier this month.
Cameron Borthwick-Jackson (Burton Albion)