Liverpool teenager breaks 57 year record and completes move to Manchester UnitedAugust 17, 2021
Ethan Ennis rejected a new contract offered by the club and has completed a move to rivals Manchester United.
Manchester United have confirmed the signing of 16-year-old Ethan Ennis after he turned down a new Liverpool contract.
Ennis had revealed his move towards the end of July, but United have now announced he will be a part of their Professional Development Phase players for the 2021/22 season.
The young attacking midfielder played a key role in the U18’s reaching their FA Cup final where they lost 2-1 to Aston Villa.
The switch from Merseyside to Manchester is rare. It’s been 57 years since the late Phil Chisnall made the jump back in 1964 for a sum of £25,000.
Chelsea were said to be interested in signing Ennis, but opted to not sign the English lad from Runcorn.
Ennis only featured seven times for the U18’s in the U18 Premier League, but scored two goals and registered one assist in that time.
Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, Chisnall said: “I was 21, Liverpool had won the league and were a great club.”
“After I signed I went back and played for Liverpool against United at Old Trafford. I can’t remember getting any stick-it wasn’t like that back then.”
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The Reds came close to breaking that record sooner, with a move for United’s Gabriel Heinze close to completion. However, Sir Alex Ferguson stopped it from happening in 2007.
Top players Paul Ince and Michael Owen have played for both clubs and have been heavily scrutinised for doing so, but Ennis won’t receive any backlash close to what they received.