Two-footed United starlet could make 'nice' City switch

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Manchester United trainee Charlie Jackson is being prepped for big things in his football career, with his Dad wishing his son moves to his boyhood club across the city

The five-year-old has been training with United for five years, but his father, Andy, is a season-ticket holder at the Etihad Stadium.

Despite him thriving under United' stewardship, Jackson is hoping his son can make a move to City, if his raw ability continues to develop.

“His idols are Joe Hart and Mario Balotelli and at first he was mortified that he was having to train with United - but he seems to be getting over that a bit now.," he said.

“He loves training with the club and it’s an amazing opportunity for him.

“Everywhere we go people notice him because of his football talent, whether  it’s on the park or on holiday.

“People just stand there and watch him – they can’t believe he’s only five because he’s so good.

“He has power in his left and right foot. For a little boy he’s so strong, he’s unbelievable. Me and my wife had to get him a bicycle to try to divert his attention because he was getting so obsessed with football.”

United first spotting Charlie when he was three, but he was too young for them to sign him.

Upon turning five, United returned to snap him up, leading his Dad to wanting him to make a future move to City.

“We haven’t set him any long-term goals," he added. "The moment he stops enjoying football is the moment we look at doing something else with him.

“There’s no pressure on him at all but it would be nice if he plays for City one day.”

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