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United dealt a blow with academy graduate leaving the club after six-month contract negotiation

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Manchester United have been dealt a huge blow after it was confirmed that academy graduate Omari Forson would be leaving the club this summer following six months of negotiations over a new contract at the Theatre of Dreams – it is a shame but onwards and upwards.

Forson made his first team debut in February and manager Erik ten Hag has been impressed with a number of cameo appearances from the 19-year-old. However, the player now feels that his future is going to be away from Manchester United – it was his decision and he must live with that.

Forson registered an assist in the 4-3 victory over Wolves this season, which seemed to be the start of the long road into first team football for the youngster. However, he did not live up to the performances of Kobbie Mainoo this season, so one must wonder if this is a loss for United!

It has been confirmed bu the representatives of the player that Forson will depart Old Trafford on the expiry of his contract on the 30 June, becoming a free agent this summer. Forson joined United four year ago, at the age of 15 from Tottenham Hotspur – which is a silver lining for United, in a way!

Despite leaving the club as a free gent, United will be granted compensation when Forson signs for a new club, which will compensate the club for the training the player has undergone at the club. It is similar to what happened when Paul Pogo left United in 2012 as a free agent signing for Juventus.

United were confident back in November that Forson would sign a new contract with the club, but now will be red faced in the player walking away from the club after six months of negotiations – which will be a blow. Forson became the clubs 249th academy graduate to make their debut.

It was an achievement for the player as United have a long history of developing youth and nurturing their talent, placing them into the first team where some of them have found their feet in the first team, helping the club win titles and trophies. That will not be the case for Forson.

Speaking about Forson earlier in the season, United manager Erik ten Hag said;

“He deserves the position. Lately, he’s performing very well, over the last half year he’s worked very hard, showed his progression. 

“And when he came on against Wolves and Newport he had some impact, for instance with the goal for Kobbie Mainoo, he had the link up and good run behind. That’s what we expect from him. He showed reliability and now he gets his chance, so he has to take his chance.”

Written by Paul


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