PHOTO: Highly-rated United player posts farewell message after leaving

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Midfielder Charni Ekangamene has posted a message after he left Old Trafford to return to Belgium.

Manchester United see a lot of young players pushing for a first-team spot, but one who was tipped to make that breakthrough with relative ease was 20-year-old Charni Ekangamene.

The Belgian arrived at United in 2010 as a wide player, but quickly transformed his game to become an effective central midfield.

Such was his progress that he was nominated as Reserve Team Player of the Year at the end of last season. And given United's lack of quality in central areas in recent times, he may have thought that if he bided his time, a first-team opportunity would come along sooner rather than later.

But that dream has since ended, with Ekangamene revealing that he has left United for Belgian club SV Zulte-Waregem - the side at which Chelsea's Thorgan Hazard has shone for the last two campaigns.

Having previously spent time on loan at Carlisle, it would have been interesting to see how Ekangamene progressed had he remained at Old Trafford.  But instead United fans will have to view his progress from afar.

Following the news, the player took to Instagram to post a revealing message along with a picture of his United squad number.

'Nobody will probably understand why I left Man United,' he wrote, 'but was the best thing for me, family and the people who are close to me.  wish them all the best and hope Man United get back where they belong.'

 

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