Manchester United player leaves club after nine years

According to reports, Championship side Brentford have signed promising teenage defender Ben Hockenhull from Manchester United on a two-year deal with an option for a further 12 months.

The 18-year-old has been at Manchester United since the age of nine, but the Red Devils have decided to let him join the Championship club after playing 22 times for the Under-18 side.

The Bees narrowly missed out on automatic promotion to the Premier League this season.
Brentford B head coach Neil MacFarlane said: “First and foremost, Ben is coming from a top football club. He’s somebody that has fantastic presence on the pitch.

“As a centre-back, size is important in English football, but he’s got much more to his game than that. He’s fantastic on the ball and in possession, and with us being a possession-based team, that will stand him in good stead. We think there is lots more development in Ben and he will be a great addition to the squad.

“I’ve met Ben and his family, they are fantastic people, and that’s a big thing at this football club in that we bring in good characters. Ben is very level-headed and has got real drive and passion to do well at Brentford.”

A United club statement read: “Everybody at Manchester United would like to wish Ben well for the future following his departure.”