Manchester United could be set to poach two of Manchester City’s youngsters as the Red Devils have handed two of Manchester City’s teenagers, Edward Elewa-Ikpakwu and Ellis Simms, trials at the club.

According to a report from the Manchester Evening News, both the Manchester City youngsters Ellis Simms and Edward Elewa-Ikpakwu were on the bench for Manchester United’s Under-17s’ 3-1 win over Everton in a friendly match on Wednesday night. The duo was named as substitutes in the closed door private match at Altrincham, and it is also assumed that they additionally played for Manchester United’s U16s at the end of the week.Simms and Ikpakwu both are nationalised as English.


Edward Elewa-Ikpakwu is a profoundly talented Manchester City defender, who was qualified to play for both England and Nigeria but preferred to choose the three lions. The young defender got a call-up from the England under-16 squad in early August 2016. The 15-year-old is a tough defender and has been amazing in his time at the Etihad at different youth levels.

On the other hand, Simms served the three lions in the under-15 category and mostly plays in the attacking third as a winger.

There is no doubt that both the Ikpakwu and Simms are valuable assets of the Manchester City’s under-18 set-up and are exceptionally respected in their respective squads.

Manchester United Ceo Ed Woodward and manager Jose Mourinho both has recently reviewed United’s academy set up and want to bolster the youth set up with prominent signings with proper scouts and talented youngsters.

The Red Devils have recently poached away two scouts from Manchester City to revamp their youth development system. Also in the Summer they have signed talented youngsters like Tahith Chong, Dj Buffonge, Millen Baars etc.

And now with the probable signing of these two youngsters, Manchester United want to rebuild their youth set-up at the top level who themselves have not had much accomplishment with their academy recently with Marcus Rashford and Lingard as the only notable mentions and could hope to produce another class of 92.

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