Will Fish becomes latest youngster to sign long-term deal at Manchester United – Man United News And Transfer News

Manchester United are tying down their most gifted academy graduates to long-term offers and Will Fish is the most recent title to place pen to paper. The defender will likely be staying at Outdated Trafford till no less than June 2025, with the choice of an extra 12 months.

“Manchester United is delighted to announce that Will Fish has signed a brand new long-term contract with the membership. Fish has agreed a brand new deal that can maintain him at United till no less than June 2025, with the choice to increase for an extra 12 months.

“Everybody at Manchester United is trying ahead to seeing the 19-year-old prospect proceed his improvement on the membership within the coming months and years,” a press release on the membership’s official web site learn.

The centre-back made his debut for the Purple Devils below Ole Gunnar Solskjaer within the final match of the 2020-21 season in opposition to Wolverhampton Wanderers. United received the match 2-1.

The defender was a late substitute, changing former winger Daniel James within the 78th minute. He was additionally on the bench for the English large’s second leg quarterfinal tie in opposition to Granada within the Europa League.

The 19-year-old’s spectacular shows for United’s reserve facet meant Solskjaer took Fish alongside for United’s pre-season tour.

The Mancunian’s strengths embrace his bodily prowess and management qualities. This may be evidenced from the truth that he has captained England as much as the U-19 stage.

Fish is the second Purple Satan to signal a brand new deal this week after Zidane Iqbal. The membership are in talks with Alejandro Garnacho’s representatives as nicely.

Will Fish‘s first-team likelihood?

With alternatives set to be restricted with the arrival of Raphael Varane, Fish was despatched out on mortgage to Stockport County within the Nationwide League final season. He made solely 5 senior appearances however the expertise of the transfer definitely benefitted the teenager.

Nick Cox, United’s Head of Academy opined that the transfer actually paid off regardless of the shortage of sport time.

“Will has learnt a fantastic deal over the previous few months, having fun with a spread of experiences that can profit him all through his profession,’ Cox advised manutd.com.

“He liked his time with Stockport County and we now have clearly seen how a lot Will has developed bodily and mentally over the previous few months.

“There are a lot of totally different views on loans and folks usually simply take a look at the variety of video games performed however there’s much more that goes on behind the scenes. Coaching day-after-day in a first-team setting and studying from senior professionals, at simply 18, is a unbelievable alternative.”

The membership had one among its worst seasons in historical past with the defence particularly having to deal with lots of criticism. New boss Erik ten Hag has indicated that three defenders — Axel Tuanzebe, Phil Jones and Eric Bailly — are all out there for switch.

With no deal for a defender in place but, Fish could be the one to learn. He was a part of the group that skilled below the brand new supervisor at Carrington on Monday.

If he can impress throughout pre-season coaching in addition to on tour, he may simply be made part of the first-team squad. The Europa League group phases would be the greatest place to blood the gifted academy graduates.