Kevin Phillips hopes Sunderland wonderkid Joe Hugill can follow in the footsteps of the Class of ’92 once he completes his move to Manchester United.
The former Stadium of Light striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, suggested there was no better place for the 16-year-old to develop than at Old Trafford.
As revealed by Football Insider, the young forward has agreed a split three-and-a-half-year deal with the Red Devils despite significant interest from other clubs.
Spurs, Leeds United and Wolves also tabled Hugill contracts but he has opted to join Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.
The striker has agreed an initial scholarship deal that matures into a three-year professional contract upon his 17th birthday in October.
When asked by Football Insider if Manchester was the best place for the prospect to develop, Phillips said: “You would like to see young players stay at the football club to develop and get more of a chance but £250,000 for a young player in this climate, with the situation Sunderland are in, you cannot turn that down.
“He sounds exciting. He has talent and I just hope he gets an opportunity now to develop. I am big on young kids going out on loan.
“Man United have great coaching staff there. It will be a great fit. If he can turn out like any of the Class of ’92 he will be OK.”
Hugill bagged a brace for Sunderland’s under-23’s in his Premier League 2 debut against West Ham.
Manchester United’s Class of ’92 gave birth to players such as David Beckham, Gary Neville, Phill Neville, Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes.
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