Josh Harrop has explained why he had to leave Manchester United in his first interview with new club Preston North End FC.
Man United officially announced Harrop would be leaving the club on July 1 and joining Preston after the expiration of his contract following his decision to reject a new offer.
Speaking about the move on Preston’s official website, Harrop made it clear a lack of guaranteed game time was what motivated him to make his decision.
“I’m 21 now and I’m confident in myself, I need to play first team football to get myself out there,” he said.
“That wasn’t guaranteed at United, even though they offered me a new contract it was very limited in game time and so I couldn’t take that risk at my age. I need to be out there, proving myself and doing what I know I’m capable of.”
Fair play to you Josh. The easy way out would have been to take the United contract and just plod along in the background at the club but he’s taken the brave decision to move away and try to shape his own career with regular first-team football in a very competitive Championship.
United have certainly lost out on a talent in Harrop and seeing as his contract ran down we won’t have a buy-back clause. Maybe, like Michael Keane before him, we’ll see Harrop back in the Premier League sooner rather than later either with Preston or another team because he’s certainly good enough for it.
Mourinho tried his best to keep Harrop at the club but just like he did with Memphis Depay and Morgan Schneiderlin, Mourinho did not stand in Harrop’s way when he decided to leave. Good luck at Preston to you Josh and I’ll be making sure to keep an eye on your progress.