Well, United did not exactly ‘prise him away’ as Matty Willock had been released by Arsenal when he was 15, but the Manchester outfit swooped in and took the teenager after he impressed in his trial.
Now 18, Willock is still some time away from playing first-team football. In fact, the English youngster is not even in United’s Under-21 team, but he has big dreams.
“It is great as, when I was young, I always wanted to grow up and play for a big club,” the youngster told Inside United when asked how much of a dream it is to be representing United.
“I didn’t think I was necessarily ever going to play for United so I am just happy to be here. If I keep working hard, hopefully I can push myself forward.”
Willock started out as a winger and now plays as a central midfielder, and he will hope to develop his game in the coming months and years.
The teenager has a lot to learn before he can come near a first-team appearance, but United manager Louis van Gaal is known to give young and talented players chances.
It may not happen this year, but if Willock shows his talent and ability, then he could well turn out for United’s first team next season.
Never say never…