Matty Willock has signed a new two year contract with Manchester United ahead of joining Eredivisie side FC Utrecht.
The 21-year-old midfielder has been a regular presence in the reserves and was handed a placed in the match-day squad for home games with West Bromwich Albion and Crystal Palace last season.
He has joined Utrecht on a season long loan and will begin life in the Netherlands with the second team with a view to being eventually promoted to the senior side.
And ESPN’s Rob Dawson has confirmed that, along with the loan move, Willock has signed a two year contract with United.
A note on Matty Willock's loan move from United to FC Utrecht, he has also signed a new two-year deal at Old Trafford.
— Rob Dawson (@RobDawsonESPN) August 31, 2017
Willock was seconds away from playing for the senior side for the very first time against Palace. He was literally standing on the touchline, stripped and ready for action, only for Mourinho to send him back to the bench. This is, of course, part of football, but I have always empathised with him for that moment.
He now has a superb chance to establish himself elsewhere. The Eredivisie – competitive, full of good players but ultimately possible to breach – could be the perfect platform from which to gain some valuable game time ahead of launching another assault on the first team upon his return.