The Different Fate of 7 Former Manchester United Players in the English Lower Division
The Different Fate of 7 Former Manchester United Players in the English Lower Division

The Different Fate of 7 Former Manchester United Players in the English Lower Division

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MANCHESTER — Not all football players are successful when they defend Manchester United (MU). There have been many cases of players leaving Old Trafford in order to get more playing opportunities. This is especially the case with young players. Some who leave continue to fail elsewhere, but some are also successful.

The Mirror notes that at least seven players have had success when they left Manchester United and played at a high level. Here are seven players who started to rediscover their fortunes after leaving Manchester United, quoted by the Mirror , Tuesday (16/11):

The Different Fate of 7 Former Manchester United Players in the English Lower Division
The Different Fate of 7 Former Manchester United Players in the English Lower Division

Sam Johnstone (West Brom)


Johnstone long uniformed MU because he was a product of the Red Devils academy. However, he was loaned ten times. He had never played in the first team before being sold to West Brom in the summer of 2018.

Since then, he has become West Brom’s number one goalkeeper and played for the England national team. He has been linked with a return to the Premier League next summer. 

Ravel Morrison (Derby)

The player who existed at the time of Sir Alex Ferguson was known as a talented talent left Manchester United in 2012. Despite his promising ability, he only played three times with United and all of them in the League Cup.


Having enjoyed a day job after leaving United, he is now with Championship side Derby under Wayne Rooney. He was given a one-year contract after impressing in pre-season, including a friendly against United.

He has been a regular with Derby. He wished he had been there longer.

Josh Harrop (Preston)

Harrop made his only appearance for United on the final day of the 2016/2017 season. At that time, he scored a goal against Crystal Palace in Manchester United’s 2-0 win at Old Trafford.


He refused a new contract and chose to join Championship team, Preston. He spent the second half of last season on loan at League One club Ipswich. But since returning to Deepdale he has barely appeared. Moreover, he suffered a knee injury.

Will Keane (Wigan Atletic)

Keane and his brother Michael were in United’s academy from a young age. Michael then played for Burnley and now Everton. While Keane spent most of his career in the Championship and League One.

He made just two league appearances for United before leaving for Hull in 2016. But he struggled in East Yorkshire and scored just one goal for the Tigers before joining Ipswich initially on loan.

He joined Wigan in October 2020 and his form continues to improve rapidly. His seven goals this season earned him his first call-up to the Republic of Ireland at the age of 28. He made his debut against Portugal earlier this month.

Cameron Borthwick-Jackson (Burton Albion)

He made his breakthrough at United in the second half of the 2015/2016 season under Louis van Gaal. He made 14 appearances in the Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup. 

He was then loaned out on five separate occasions including to Leeds United and Wolves before being sold in 2020. He then joined Oldham on a one-year contract.

After impressing in League Two, he signed for Burton Albion last summer and became a regular.

Ryan Tunnicliffe (Portsmouth)

The 28-year-old has been on loan three times by Manchester United. He made only two appearances in the League Cup. In January 2014, he joined Fulham. He was loaned three times.

He then moved to Milwall in 2017 and spent two years there. Then Tunnicliffe joined Luton Town. Now he joins Portsmouth and is a regular.

James Wilson (Port Vale)

There was a lot of excitement when Wilson showed up at Old Trafford in 2014. He was one of the youngsters to impress. He scored two goals in a 3-1 win over Hull City. 

The following season Wilson was loaned out. But he did not succeed when uniformed Brighton, Derby, Sheffield United and Aberdeen. Wilson was released by United in the summer of 2019 and joined Aberdeen, but failed to score.

In early 2020 he joined Salford City. He was a little better off but was released last summer when his 18 -month contract expired. 

Now in Port Vale, Wilson seems to be starting to find his form. He has scored seven goals this season in his last nine games, including a hat-trick against Accrington Stanley in the FA Cup. 

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