Ashley Fletcher discusses Manchester United exit

West Ham's Ashley Fletcher in action with FC Slovacko's Vlastimil Danicek and Patrik Simko

The former United academy player left Manchester in the summer in favour of a new challenge with West Ham.

Sunderland's Javi Manquillo in action with West Ham United's Ashley Fletcher

West Ham striker Ashley Fletcher has spoken to Sky Sports about leaving Manchester United, and has discussed how he is adapting to his new life in London.

The 21-year-old left the United academy this summer, turning down a two-year contract in order to open a new chapter of his footballing career at the Hammers. Fletcher was born in West Yorkshire and had previously spent his entire life in the north of England, but now resides in London after choosing to make the switch.

As he continues to adjust to life down south, Fletcher insist that he still feels like a 'wide-eyed northern boy' in the big city.

Speaking to Sky Sports, the West Ham striker said: "I've gone to see Big Ben and the London Eye, the Parliament buildings as well, it's great to look around.

"I've always been up for seeing new sights, travelling and seeing the world. Now I'm living in the capital, it's certainly a different way of life, but I love it down here.

West Ham United's Ashley Fletcher has a shot at goal

"I've used the tube a couple of times, it was definitely different, a lot busier and a lot more frantic than it is in Manchester with the Metrolink. It's a great way to get around. But I don't think I'll be using it during rush hour!"

Fletcher spent last season on loan at Barnsley, where he helped them secure promotion to the Sky Bet Championship. He scored nine times in 27 appearances for the club, including a very important strike in the 3-1 play-off final victory over Millwall.

Barnsley's Ashley Fletcher celebrates after the game

While he was plying his trade in League One, he witnessed former academy teammate Marcus Rashford rise to prominence amidst an injury crisis at his parent club Manchester United. This increased his desire to make a name for himself, and ultimately pushed him to seek a new challenge and make the move to West Ham.

"I had obviously spoken with Nicky Butt, who was the head of the academy at the time, Warren Joyce and people who were above in the board, John Alexander and Ed Woodward," Fletcher added.

"I just thought the decision was right for me and for my family; it was time for me to go and make a career for myself."

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