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Man Utd player who still changes with youth team could leave the club this summer

Man Utd player who still changes with youth team could leave the club this summer

This would be a big departure.

Manchester United youngster Omari Forson - who still trains with the youth team despite making his first team debut - could leave the club this summer, according to reports.

Forson started as part of a front three during United's 2-1 defeat against Fulham on Saturday, replacing the injured Rasmus Hojlund.

The 19-year-old has now racked up four competitive appearances for Erik ten Hag's side this season, and assisted Kobbie Mainoo for his stunning late winner in the 4-3 win over Wolves last month.

He did make a solid impression during what was a generally poor team performance against the Cottagers, with United falling to a late defeat thanks to Alex Iwobi's late strike.

Speaking after the game, Ten Hag assessed Forson's display: "He had some good actions, and it was a reasonable performance.

"It is never easy, especially when it is a slow start. He was reliable in his job."

According to The Athletic, Forson still does not have a spot in the first team dressing room despite his recent breakthrough - although this is said to be down to space and 'the prestige placed on a spot in the first team'.

The report adds that Mainoo only received a spot in the dressing room a month ago, despite playing for Ten Hag's side regularly since November.

The issue United face is that Forson is out of contract at the end of the season - and he has yet to sign fresh terms to commit his future to the club.

Old Trafford chiefs have, of course, faced this issue on numerous occasions - with some of the players involved going on to achieve differing success.

Paul Pogba famously turned down the opportunity to stay at United in the summer of 2012, and moved to Juventus on a free transfer. Four years later, United shelled out £89 million to bring one of the world's best midfielders to the club.

Josh Harrop, meanwhile, scored his first professional goal on debut in 2017 against Crystal Palace. He subsequently turned down a new contract in favour of first team football and joined Preston North End, where a serious knee injury suffered at the beginning of his second season ultimately derailed his progress.

Whether Forson's success falls anywhere between those players remains to be seen - but United will no doubt be hoping to keep him at the club in the long-term.

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Topics: Manchester United, Erik Ten Hag, Premier League, Transfers