There is not room for every Manchester United youngster to join the first team. Lukasz Bejger made the brave decision to leave the club in January.
The teenager left U23 football to return to his homeland and play for Slask Wroclaw.
Bejger is now celebrating his contribution to ensuring that his new team reaches the European qualification.
How has Bejger fared?
When Bejger left United in January shortly after he was 19, he said on his new club’s website: “I am convinced that I made the right decision and that I will make regular progress in Wrocław.”
He had to wait a while for a look and finally made his debut with a 2-1 win in late February.
Since then, Bejger has not looked back and established himself as a regular in the defense of his new team.
Bejger has started 10 games in the center-back and played another one from the bench. 936 minutes of the first team action were collected. Ending U23 football at United seems like a wise decision.
He thrived as part of a three man defense. He has served as a right-back for the United under-23s and it is possible that this system could just be better suited to his game at his new club.
Slask Wroclaw finished the season in fourth place in the highest Polish league and will now go to the new Europa Conference League next season, where he could face Tottenham or Arsenal.
Anthony Elanga wrote “Proud of you bro ❤️” on his Instagram page while Charlie McNeill and Ethan Galbraith were among his other former United colleagues to get in touch.
It’s pretty impressive how the 19-year-old got a first team spot on a fourth-placed team in Poland. United’s U23 side has little defensive talent and could probably have dealt with him in the second half of the season.
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At United, he wasn’t really set for a chance in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plans so you can understand his impatience. Teden Mengi was rated as a better candidate. He was loaned out and will also need to be loaned out next season before being considered for the first team.
His departure follows the trend of young players becoming active themselves and wanting football for the first team. Angel Gomes, Largie Ramazani, Deji Sotona and now Arnau Puigmal decided to leave the club like Bejger last year, with varying degrees of success that have yet to be established.
It is possible that United was right about Bejger’s prospects and he’s having a good career in Poland without becoming a world beater and that’s no shame. However, if he establishes himself as one of Europe’s best prospects and hits the full cap for his country, the club may regret letting him go so easily.
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