Why is this? First of all, the club are not always able to offer the wages that rising stars desire from a very young age. For example; Paul Pogba rejected Manchester United’s offer of £15,000 per week and demanded at least three times as much.
A 19-year-old shouldn't expect nor demand that much, especially when you're not even a regular in the first-team. However, that is what Pogba reportedly requested. He eventually moved to Juventus and signed a contract worth around £1 million-per-year.
There is also a problem at big clubs like Manchester United because the young players coming through the youth system are unable to gain enough first-team experience. This can lead to players becoming restless and demanding more game time, or even requesting a transfer elsewhere.
Similar situations developed for both Robbie Brady and Ritchie De Laet during their time at Old Trafford: Brady played just 11 minutes of first-team football and the 20-year-old ended up joining Hull City on January 8 in search of regular football.
Ritchie De Laet was slightly more fortunate than Brady, making three senior appearances for Manchester United in three years. The 24-year-old defender from Belgium was loaned out to four different clubs before finally making a permanent move to Leicester City on May 14 2012.
Unfortunately, there are occasions when clubs wishing to sign the player are, beyond doubt, bigger and better than the side that they are currently at. In the event of this happening, it is the players choice as to whether he would prefer more game time at a smaller club, or less game time but more money at a larger club.
In conclusion, Manchester United are in the same boat as many other clubs all around the world. They discover talented players each year, yet the pull factors of more money, fame and minutes on the pitch tend to be the decider in who goes where in the transfer window.
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