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Burton midfielder Matty Lund: Why I rejected Man Utd

Burton midfielder Matty Lund has revealed he twice turned down Manchester United as youth teamer.

Burton meet United tonight in the Carabao Cup.

“My father had been driving me down to Crewe for years, twice a week, taking me to games on a Saturday," Lund told The Sun. “He never complained once, but I'm sure he would have been very glad to have been making a much shorter trip into Manchester if I had said yes.

“There was also the fact that, as a family, we were all United-mad. My dad was even on duty as a doctor at games for three years, but each time, it just didn't feel right to me.

“I'd been going to Crewe since I was ten. I had a lot of mates there and I loved the coaching under Steve Holland, who is now assistant manager to Gareth Southgate for England.

“And even then I could see that some kids just sort of disappeared when they signed up for United. I just thought that if I was going to make it as a footballer, I would have a better long-term chance by staying where I was."

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