Former England under-21 defender Tom Thorpe left a defiant message to fans on his Instagram following the news that he wouldn’t be offered a new contract by the club.
The 22-year-old, now dubbed by some as the next Pogba, went on Instagram to leave his followers a defiant message and told those asking why he wasn’t included in the first-team that ‘it wasn’t for the want of trying'.
Thorpe wrote: ‘’I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all the United fans that have sent me messages of support over the last season. They have all asked the same question and all I can say is ‘’it’s not for the want of trying’’. My ambition has and will always be, to play for Manchester United. I believe I have displayed, on a regular basis, the qualities expected of its players by this great club and naturally I am disappointed that our association has come to an end.’’
He went on to add thanks to the academy coaching staff, notably Mark Dempsey, Paul McGuinness and Warren Joyce, and revealed that he has interest from several clubs, including enquiries from abroad.
What next for Thorpe?
It will be interesting to see what becomes of Thorpe, especially as he was for a long time tipped to become an England and United regular in the future.
In his statement, he points to interest from abroad which has obviously caught his eye, however, it could be in his best interests to stay in England and get first team experience in his home nation before potentially moving abroad in the future.
Despite his reputation at youth level, he still needs to show that he can be good player in a first team environment and a move abroad could make that jump a little more challenging.