Young Watford striker Ogo Obi plays 33 minutes for Manchester United Under-18s in their 1-0 win against Trafford FC

Ogo Obi collecting his Golden Boot trophy at last summer's Milk Cup. Picture: Milk Cup.

Ogo Obi collecting his Golden Boot trophy at last summer's Milk Cup. Picture: Milk Cup.

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Watford’s schoolboy striker Ogo Obi played 33 minutes for Manchester United Under-18s in their 1-0 pre-season friendly victory over Trafford FC last night.

It was confirmed last week that Obi was on trial with the Red Devils after the Hornets gave permission for the 16-year-old to train with the Premier League club.

The youngster was named amongst the United substitutes and was brought on in the 57th minute in place of Ruairi Croskery.

The Red Devils side secured a 1-0 win with Marcus Rashford scoring the only goal of the match.

Watford have been in talks with Obi for several months over a scholarship with a one-year professional contract attached but an agreement has yet to be reached.

Last summer he scored ten goals in five games during the Milk Cup Junior Section to win the competition's Golden Boot, which resulted in a couple of national newspapers claiming Arsenal and Liverpool were interested in the then 15-year-old.

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4:08pm Wed 23 Jul 14

JohnnyBarnes says...

As someone noted in a previous thread, learn the lessons from Harry Forrester et al - and also from the likes of Scott Sinclair who went chasing money and has ended up with a career in freefall

You've got plenty of time for the big move mate
As someone noted in a previous thread, learn the lessons from Harry Forrester et al - and also from the likes of Scott Sinclair who went chasing money and has ended up with a career in freefall You've got plenty of time for the big move mate JohnnyBarnes
  • Score: 14

5:40pm Wed 23 Jul 14

allgood says...

JohnnyBarnes wrote:
As someone noted in a previous thread, learn the lessons from Harry Forrester et al - and also from the likes of Scott Sinclair who went chasing money and has ended up with a career in freefall

You've got plenty of time for the big move mate
Or further back Rod Thomas. Once called the new Pele when he was in his teens. Think he got a few games at Carlisle in the old 4th division.
[quote][p][bold]JohnnyBarnes[/bold] wrote: As someone noted in a previous thread, learn the lessons from Harry Forrester et al - and also from the likes of Scott Sinclair who went chasing money and has ended up with a career in freefall You've got plenty of time for the big move mate[/p][/quote]Or further back Rod Thomas. Once called the new Pele when he was in his teens. Think he got a few games at Carlisle in the old 4th division. allgood
  • Score: 3

6:07pm Wed 23 Jul 14

WFCinexile says...

Perhaps the influx of foreign players has influenced his decision?
Perhaps the influx of foreign players has influenced his decision? WFCinexile
  • Score: -8

6:54pm Wed 23 Jul 14

JohnnyBarnes says...

WFCinexile wrote:
Perhaps the influx of foreign players has influenced his decision?
Yeah, because United don't have any big imports...
[quote][p][bold]WFCinexile[/bold] wrote: Perhaps the influx of foreign players has influenced his decision?[/p][/quote]Yeah, because United don't have any big imports... JohnnyBarnes
  • Score: 10

10:30pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Stewbyhorn1 says...

JohnnyBarnes wrote:
As someone noted in a previous thread, learn the lessons from Harry Forrester et al - and also from the likes of Scott Sinclair who went chasing money and has ended up with a career in freefall

You've got plenty of time for the big move mate
That was me johnie Barnes, I watched that lad from an early age and the same could happen to Obi, sometimes these boys and their parents get offers which are hard to turn down. Sometimes a bit of guidance would prevail.
[quote][p][bold]JohnnyBarnes[/bold] wrote: As someone noted in a previous thread, learn the lessons from Harry Forrester et al - and also from the likes of Scott Sinclair who went chasing money and has ended up with a career in freefall You've got plenty of time for the big move mate[/p][/quote]That was me johnie Barnes, I watched that lad from an early age and the same could happen to Obi, sometimes these boys and their parents get offers which are hard to turn down. Sometimes a bit of guidance would prevail. Stewbyhorn1
  • Score: 1

12:28am Thu 24 Jul 14

WFCinexile says...

JohnnyBarnes wrote:
WFCinexile wrote:
Perhaps the influx of foreign players has influenced his decision?
Yeah, because United don't have any big imports...
Not my point and you know it. A couple of years back we could rightly tell young players that they are more likely to get a chance with us, that is not necessarily the case now. We had that USP, now we don't, that's my point. It's a shame, but I'd rather be watching the type of football that we have been for the past 2 seasons than some of the rubbish that went before. We just have to accept that young players are more likely to look elsewhere.
[quote][p][bold]JohnnyBarnes[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]WFCinexile[/bold] wrote: Perhaps the influx of foreign players has influenced his decision?[/p][/quote]Yeah, because United don't have any big imports...[/p][/quote]Not my point and you know it. A couple of years back we could rightly tell young players that they are more likely to get a chance with us, that is not necessarily the case now. We had that USP, now we don't, that's my point. It's a shame, but I'd rather be watching the type of football that we have been for the past 2 seasons than some of the rubbish that went before. We just have to accept that young players are more likely to look elsewhere. WFCinexile
  • Score: 1

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