Why Josh Harrop gambled on Preston being a better bet than Old Trafford

He was on Manchester United’s books for 14 years but 33 days after scoring on his senior debut the midfielder upped sticks in order to be noticed

Fifteen minutes into his Manchester United debut he raced on to a nonchalant outside-of-the-boot pass by Paul Pogba, bamboozling Martin Kelly, the Crystal Palace defender, before wrapping his right foot round the ball and lashing it beyond the powerless Wayne Hennessey. For Josh Harrop the rest is history. He left Old Trafford 33 days later, rejecting a new three-year contract in favour of a move to Preston North End.

The midfielder turned 22 in December and to say it was a big decision is probably an understatement. A Stockport boy on United’s books since the age of seven, he left after impressing on his first start and scoring a goal that in some ways was more than 14 years in the making.

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