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Everton defender Holgate: Why Man Utd trials didn't work out

Everton defender Mason Holgate has lifted the lid on trials with Manchester United.

Before making the move to Everton in the summer of 2015 from Barnsley, Holgate had a trial with Premier League giants Manchester United.

The defender has discussed the trial conducting an Instagram Live interview on New Era Global Sports's page.

The Blues man said: "Yeah I went [to Man United] for a week, then I got injured and went back to Barnsley. It was in pre-season, the first team was away and I was just with the under-23s

"At the time, I wanted to go somewhere and feel like part of a first team. I felt like if I tried to go to one of the bigger clubs I would have been back into a U23s setup, which isn't what I wanted.

"I'd just played 20 games in League One at 18 years old, which obviously as a defender is good. So I felt like it would have been a step backwards to go to 23s football.

"I wanted to feel like I was going in to, not starting every week, but being in a first team setup."

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