Report: Tom Thorpe set to leave Manchester United

Tom Thorpe captained Manchester United to FA Youth Cup glory in 2011 but seems set to leave on a free in the summer.

It has been brought to the attention of Samuel Luckhurst of the Manchester Evening News that Manchester United Under-21 captain Tom Thorpe looks set to leave the club in the summer.

Manchester United U-21 teammate, Sean Goss, wished Thorpe 'all the best' on Instagram following the U21s' final game of the season which ended in defeat versus Manchester City.

Thorpe was interviewed after the game when he admitted he was disappointed not to have earned more game-time ahead of Tyler Blackett and Paddy McNair.

"Yeah, definitely," Thorpe told MUTV.

"You see the likes of Tyler and Paddy who have gone in and played, so you hope you can play yourself and you want to prove yourself.

"I want to play first-team football, so hopefully I can look forward to some of that in the future."

However, the Manchester born youngster did get a brief taste of first team football this season when Louis van Gaal brought him on as a substitute against West Ham United.

Then an emergency loan spell at Birmingham ended just 14 minutes into his Championship debut when Thorpe was stretchered off with sustained ligament damage to his right ankle. He returned to Manchester United for treatment and lost out on the opportunity of regular first team football.

Thorpe is best described as a deep-lying midfielder but has proved his versatility in the past playing across the four back.

At 22 years old, however, Thorpe needs to be finding regular football somewhere else if it doesn't surface at Old Trafford.

Like many of the team he lead to the 2011 FA Youth Cup victory, Thrope seems destined to leave Manchester United. It is the make or break point of his career.

Register for MANCHESTER UNITED team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch