The 21-year-old, with Jose Mourinho resting key players ahead of the Europa League final, was handed a chance to start against Crystal Palace on the final day of last season and duly took his chance by netting a superb goal after just 15 minutes.
He will reportedly be offered a new contract, with his old one set to expire over the summer, after a prolific season with the reserves alongside a dream senior debut, but this is yet to be confirmed.
And according to the Mail Online‘s Joe Bernstein, Preston will table an offer worth £600,000 to secure the Englishman’s services.
Sir Alex Ferguson always made a point of how the structure of Man United’s youth set-up, with its engrained emphasis on ruthlessness on the pitch and hard work off it, would always give teenagers a platform to enjoy a professional career, even if it wasn’t necessarily at Old Trafford. The sanctity of English football can only be preserved, after all, if big clubs – when it comes to youngsters – place emphasis on laying the platform for good careers, as opposed to merely just assets they can benefit from.
And at the age of 21 you sense that Harrop, despite recently getting that tantalising taste of thriving in United’s senior side, may see the Championship as a great opportunity, and supporters wouldn’t blame him if he did indeed depart for Deepdale.