Dwight McNeil reveals Man Utd dumped him for his poor free-kicks… now they have helped him get England U21 call

DWIGHT McNEIL was let go by Manchester United partly as a result of they felt his free-kicks have been poor.

Which is ironic as a result of the 19-year-old is now certainly one of Burnley’s first-choice set-piece takers.

The Rochdale born winger left Previous Trafford in 2014
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He has gone on to impress at Turf Moor
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Releasing McNeil 5 years in the past seems to be certainly one of a variety of misjudgments by United post-Sir Alex Ferguson.

That’s as a result of the winger, named in Aidy Boothroyd’s newest England Below-21 squad, has developed into probably the most constant youngsters within the Premier League.

McNeil mentioned: “I used to be launched by Man United once I was 14.

“Funnily sufficient, one of many causes I obtained launched was as a result of my set- items weren’t the perfect.

“It was fairly an upsetting time for me. I used to be nonetheless in school as nicely, I used to be nonetheless studying.

“I got here to Burnley, obtained placed on a six-week trial and signed simply earlier than the tip of the season.

“I’m a Man United fan, regardless of what occurred. I’ll all the time be a Man United fan. I simply wasn’t as much as their requirements.”

Dad Matty, a former professional with Macclesfield and Stockport, helped his son overcome being launched.

Discussing his previous man, who juggles a job as a postman with being a youth coach at Oldham, McNeil mentioned: “I used to observe him on a regular basis with my brother and mum.

“I believed, ‘That’s what I wish to do’, and it didn’t matter whether or not it was Premier League or low-end soccer.

“Man United was the boyhood membership of my goals to play for, in order that was a setback.

“Dad mentioned I’ve to take all of it in and never dwell on it an excessive amount of. Simply take my alternative once I get it.

“I went to Burnley and haven’t appeared again. It was a extremely good choice.”


McNeil pulled out of the final Below-21s squad in September as a consequence of damage.

So he’s delighted to be within the combine for a primary cap in tomorrow’s pleasant in Slovenia and Tuesday’s Euro qualifier in opposition to Austria at Milton Keynes.

McNeil, who has 30 Prem appearances, added: “It exhibits I’ve that little bit extra expertise than different lads, which is in my favour a bit.”