United dealt transfer blow. Coach of transfer target with “so much frightening talent” urges club not to sell

The Red Devils have been dealt a huge blow in their pursuit of highly-rated Scottish youngster and Livingston forward, Matthew Knox. The 16-year-old, who is also being closely watched by Everton, Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham was at Manchester United’s Carrington training complex during the Winter for a trial, and was impressive enough to make the youth team coaches sanction a move for him. Having shown top-notch displays during a friendly against Real Sociedad, he caught the attention of United’s scout who arranged for a trial.

But with so much talent at such young age, Livingston coach, David Hopkin has urged the management to reject all bids for the teenage sensation. As he believes it would be too early to let him go with his potentials. Scottish league giants, Rangers are also keen on having him, with the side’s handler, Mark Warburton willing to have him join his side. Knox is the youngest débutante for his side at age 16, and has become more than a fringe player in recent months.

He played 75 minutes during the lone goal victory against Rangers on Tuesday night, and was as usual, impressive. And with United’s philosophy of giving young players an opportunity, they were hoping to make a swoop on him and add him to the growing list of the youth team potentials, a couple of whom have featured this term. But he won’t be moving anytime soon, and Hopkin confirms it according to The Daily Express,

“There is a lot of clubs interested in him. I have spoken to the board and my preference is to keep him here for another two years. He has only turned 16 and he is playing against Rangers and doesn’t look out of place. For a young boy to play for 75 minutes at that level I thought (was) great. I think the board are going back me and hopefully down the road when he is ready to go he will go, but he will go a better player because he has so much talent it is frightening”