Manchester United teenager Manni Norkett signs loan for Gainsborough

Manny Norkett has become the latest player to leave Manchester United on loan.

The young striker joined Gainsborough Trinity on a one-month contract. They play in the Northern Premier League, seventh in the pyramid of English football.

Their manager, Tom Shaw, told the club’s website how thrilled he was that United chose to send one of their teenage prospects to them.

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“We are very grateful and grateful to Manchester United for giving us the opportunity to have Manni with us for the weeks to come. Their Academy Director, Nick Cox, is one of the best around and he is always keen to give their young players an experience in adult football where appropriate and we are fortunately the club of choice for Manni.

“It is a testament to the reputation of Gainsborough Trinity and the club for trusting us during a period of Manni development and having a highly regarded young player from a major football club joining us, it shows what people are thinking of our work this year and the environment we have created.

“Manni trained with us last night. He plays with a lot of confidence and authority for such a young man and has shown real humility with how hard he has worked.

“It will be a revelation for him when he takes the pitch at this level, but I think we are pleased to have some real hope in our squad for a handful of games.”

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Who is Manny Norkett?

Norkett was signed for Manchester United academy in 2018 amid a lot of competition.

The 17-year-old is from a village called North Muskham in Nottinghamshire and he was 13 when United recruited him.

Norkett turned down offers from 15 other clubs, including Wolves and Everton, the Newark Advertiser reported at the time.

At a younger age, Norkett had moved on with the academies of Manchester City and Sheffield United. But it was United who made the biggest impression and believed in him the most.

Norkett told the newspaper: “I wanted to sign for Manchester United because I think they will suit my style of play better than other teams.

“I like to run and play with a little more freedom in the future. Football is just football for me and I love everything, but I like to score as many goals as possible.

Playing senior men’s football is a crucial stage in his development and the little taste of it should be a great experience for him. It will be interesting to see how he does.

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