Man Utd youngster Ben Hockenhull joins Brentford after centre-back had starred for Old Trafford youth sides

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MANCHESTER UNITED have announced that academy defender Ben Hockenhull has joined Championship club Brentford.

The 18-year-old has joined the Bees reserve side on a two-year deal with the option of a further 12 months.

Hockenhull has been at United since he was nine years old and featured 22 times for the Under-18s side over the last years.

The Red Devils had extended his contract to December after the Academy season was ended early due to the COVID-19 global pandemic.

And United have now helped Hockenhull secure the move to promotion-chasers Brentford following interest from a variety of clubs.

The club’s 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.

We think there is lots more development in Ben and he will be a great addition to the squad.

“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.”

 

Hockenhull will link up with Brentford B from 27 July, a day after the senior side will be competing in the Championship play-offs at Swansea.

The west Londoners narrowly missed out on automatic promotion to the Premier League this season following a 2-1 loss to Barnsley on the final day.

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

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