Over the last 24 hours, Manchester United Football Club have confirmed that Ben Hockenhull has left Old Trafford.
The story was posted on the official club website yesterday, with United confirming that the young defender has left Old Trafford, following ‘significant interest’.
He’ll now head to Championship side Brentford, with United giving Ben ‘assistance in finding his new team’.
Hockenhull had been at United since the age of nine, featuring 22 times for the Red Devils at youth level over the last couple of seasons.
Who knows, if Brentford earn promotion via the play-offs, Hockenhull may well be a Premier League footballer next season.
For him now, it’s about continuing his development. He’s obviously a gifted young man who is still young enough to make a name for himself. The Bees will no doubt provide him with a platform to do exactly that – be it in the Championship or in England’s top-tier.
It’s easy to forget that football is a cutthroat business at all levels. When you’re hoovering up all the best up-and-comers, like Charlie McNeill for example, there isn’t enough space for everyone.
Credit goes to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, too. He’s shown a ruthless streak by allowing the likes of Largie Ramazani and Angel Gomes to leave due to wage demands and a lack of playing time respectively.
Again, hopefully Ben Hockenhull can go elsewhere and make a name for himself. Who knows, perhaps he may find himself back at United in future if he’s talented enough. Right now, though, United have way too many centre-halves on the books. For me, Teden Mengi is considerably ahead in the pecking order. The young Mancunian could well be the next big breakthrough into the first-team mix.
All the best, Ben! Thanks for your service and good luck for the rest of your career. Once a Red, always a Red.