Photo: Confirmation that Manchester United youngster Vanja Milinkovic-Savic has left the club

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The teenage keeper has joined Lechia Gdansk after failing to earn a work permit at Manchester United.

Manchester United have lost one of their top youngsters this week after it was confirmed that goalkeeper Vanja Milinkovic-Savic had left the club.

The Serbian youth international joined United from Vojvodina in April 2014 but went back out on loan to the club for the rest of the 2014-15 season.

He failed to earn a work permit in the UK and it was confirmed yesterday by Polish side Lechia Gdansk that the 18-year-old had signed a four-year deal with the club.

The fact he was refused a work permit is certainly puzzling. He was born in Spain and has previously played in Austria but must have never picked up nationality from either country meaning approval from the Home Office looked to always be unlikely.

Whether Milinkovic-Savic, whose older brother is Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, would have made it at Manchester United is of course up for debate but he struggled in the Serbian League last term so it is hard to see how he would have fared better than any of the other young United keepers in the ranks.

But the hope now will be that he can shine in Polish football.

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