Manchester United starlet returns with injury

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Manchester United starlet Tom Thorpe is staying with his parent club after less than 15 minutes of action out on loan.

The 21-year-old centre back sustained an ankle ligament injury on debut for Birmingham City, coming off against Derby County at the start of February after less than a quarter-of-an-hour.

And, having been unable to recover after returning to the Premier League champions, he won't be making the trip back to St Andrew's.

"It's frustrating for the boy. I did say to him that I've never known him be injured or even miss a day's training due to illness or anything else,” reserves coach Warren Joyce told the official Manchester United website.

"It was a really good 14 minutes he had on his debut as well! I watched the game and was pleased with him.

"Every touch he had was impressive. He made important headers under his own bar, defended corners and started really well. It looked like he had been playing there for 10 years and not 10 minutes."

The move to the Midlands was Thrope’s first loan stint away from Manchester United, having joined the club as a junior.

And, his reputation with the club has continued to grow, leading the Red Devils academy side to FA Youth Cup glory back in 2011 alongside the likes of Ravel Morrison.

Capped at youth level from U16 all the way up to U21 for England, the future appears extremely bright for Thorpe at a time when David Moyes is reportedly looking at expensive defenders like Eliaquim Mangala.

However, he’s back at Old Trafford earlier than he would have hoped, and with little experience gained in the Championship.

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