Joe Rothwell Joins Oxford United

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Joe Rothwell has departed Manchester United and joined Oxford United on a two-year deal.

The 21-year-old leaves Old Trafford after 15 years at the club, for pastures new and in search of regular first team football.

His move to Oxfordshire will see him play under Michael Appleton, a former United academy player.

The central midfielder struggled with illness and injuries last term, where he was restricted to just nine appearances for the U21s as they clinched the title with games to spare.

However, he did score a crucial derby day winner in the 1-0 victory against Manchester City in February, on the way to lifting the crown.

He was certainly highly thought of at the club, learning his trade under the tutelage of Warren Joyce, who has helped to develop many promising starlets, who either remain at the club or who have thrived elsewhere.

With midfield still an issue at first team level, Rothwell’s work rate, tenacity, goal threat, dead ball specialism, passing ability and box-to-box attributes gave him the platform to impress.

Former manager Louis van Gaal even handed him a squad number in 2014, and he was an unused substitute against Watford back in March.

But his time in Manchester thus ends, and we wish Joe all the best in his future career.

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