Madrid, Barça and Atleti 'help' United in Brexit

The Red Devils have completed a tremendously prolific 2020 when it comes to signing young sap, with Garnacho, Jurado and Fernández as headliners.


Manchester United is a regular agitator of the transfer period. Either by operations that crystallize or by the eternal rumor mill that surrounds them. 2020 was the year of Jadon Sancho. On other occasions it was Griezmann's, or Varane's. Not forgetting when interests become real assets like the Maguires, Pogba and company. However, the Mancunian scouts have been working at full speed lately. Brexit has changed the landscape of English football and the new legislation, which makes it extremely difficult to incorporate foreign players, came into force this past January. And United seem to have thoroughly prepared for it.

Last summer was crazy when it comes to signing new blood. Up to nine young promises of different nationalities came to Carrington, highlighting striker Charlie McNeill (17 years old), 'stolen' from Manchester City, and the trio of Spanish youth players from Barça, Madrid and Atleti. Marc Jurado (right back, April 13, 2004), Álvaro Fernández (left back, March 23, 2003) and Alejandro Garnacho (left winger, July 1, 2004) are, respectively, the protagonists.Fernández, an outstanding student

The latter is also celebrating, as he scored a double against Sunderland U-18 this past weekend, leaving his season numbers at 3 goals and 2 assists in 12 games with United's U-18s. Jurado has 10 games, seven of them as a starter, while Fernández is the one who is the most advanced, as he is the undisputed starter with Manchester United Reserves, in the Under-23 category, the closest subsidiary to the majors.

Radek Vitek, a 17-year-old Czech goalkeeper from Sigma Olomuc, Willy Kambwuala, a 16-year-old French central defender from Sochaux, and Isak Hansen-Aaroen, an offensive Norwegian midfielder trained in Tromso, complete the list of foreigners. While Joe Hugill and Logan Pye, striker and left back taken from Sunderland, join McNeil when it comes to national talent. All of them join Amad Diallo and Facundo Pellistri, who arrived to briefly focus on the subsidiary and make the jump to the first team as soon as possible. Something that has only been achieved, for now, Diallo, who recently debuted as a scorer in the Europa League against Milan, while the Argentine will spend the second half of the course on loan at Alavés.

Coincidence? Nick Cox, United quarry director, to question him about the casuistry discussed here. Cox defends that these types of signings have not been reactive to the new laws, but simply "happened." "Last summer we took a look at the pool of players we had and we thought there was not the high potential level that we require, so we decided to go for it," explains Cox.

"Every year is different, you choose your strategy according to the needs of the specific year," he continues. "It has not been a reaction to Brexit," he defends, but it is still curious that this landing of foreign talent has come precisely at that moment. However, he acknowledges that the landscape is completely changing: "Brexit will change the recruitment dynamics of English clubs from now on, we will have to take a different path." Likewise, he argues that the best way to train local talent is to learn from stars from other countries, as happened to the famous class of '92 with Ferguson at the helm and Eric Cantona as the preponderant star.Shoretire as the flag of the new times

All the incorporated talent goes hand in hand with the present, the Marcus Rashfords, already as part of the elite, Mason Greenwood, and recently the golden boy of the quarry, Shola Shoretire. "We've had Shola from the beginning, it's just the beginning," he says. The 17-year-old has secured a great deal, turning a deaf ear to the siren songs of Europe's greats like Barça and listening to the advice of his role model, Rashford. Thus, Carrington's brightest star is presented as the next big thing for the coming decade.

In this way, United's latest moves in terms of transfers are explained, as Cox is clear that "fans expect to see young academy players debuting with the first team." Old Trafford has always been a theater where the dreams of young talents came true and, whether by chance or by reason of Brexit, Carrington has prepared for the lean cows that this time of change can bring. And City, Barça, Madrid and Atleti have helped him to do so ... 444 444

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