Manchester United have completed the double transfer scoop of club legend Darren Fletcher’s sons.
The Red Devils confirmed that twins Jack and Tyler are set to be registered with the Old Trafford club. It comes as a huge bonus given that the 16-year-old pair were lured away from none other than rivals Manchester City.
Both players are central midfielders like their dad and had established themselves as two of the brightest prospects in their age group at City. But the twins can’t be offered professional contracts until they turn 17 next March.
They will join up with United's professional development phase group ahead of the 2023/24 season. And their move marks a reunion with Fletcher snr, who has been United’s technical director since March 2021.
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Jack has opted to represent England at Under-16s level, while Tyler has followed in his dad’s footsteps by picking Scotland. They even came up against each other in February as Jack took the spoils in a 3-0 Auld Enemy win.
Fletcher is far from the first United legend to have sent his own children to rivals City’s academy. Wayne Rooney, Phil Neville and Robin van Persie reportedly all did the same, due to the Premier League champions’ superior facility.
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City have won four Under-18 and three Under-16 titles in the past four seasons. Meanwhile, the red half of Manchester, which famously produced the Class of ‘92, has lagged behind.
Fletcher himself played more thanf 300 games for United, winning 10 major trophies with the club during one of its most dominant periods. He also made 80 appearances for Scotland.
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