Manchester United Announce Hull City Link
Manchester United released a statement on their official club website today announcing nPower Championship side Hull City as the club's feeder club, meaning the Reds can send any players on loan, helping both clubs. An annual friendly will also be held every year, with Hull keeping all gate receipts. However, Manchester United won't need to play a full time, and will also pay Hull City £113k a year to do so.
The English champions previously had a similar agreement with Belgian side Antwerp, but Malcolm Glazer decided to cancel the affiliation, as he felt Antwerp were no longer at a good enough level for the club's players to gain experience on loan, being a waste of time and money for the Manchester club. Although David Moyes was left with no decision over the matter, he was given the opportunity to pick the team out of the possible options found by staff.
Malcolm Glazer suggested three possible teams to the Scot. The first, were Leicester City. The second were Birmingham City, and the third and final option, Hull City. Following Birmingham's recent relegation to the nPower League One, Moyes decided against creating a partnership with the club, meaning it was between Leicester and Hull City. David Moyes later stated two reasons on the club website as to why he chose Hull City instead.
"We are delighted to announce our new link with Hull City, and we hope to see them in the Premiership next year. We, or I, decided on Hull for two reasons. Steve Bruce is an excellent manager, who knows how to develop the youth stars, as well as being a former Manchester United player for many years, working with Sir Alex. Hull also currently field a lot of former Manchester United stars, and we want to continue that possibility for them."
Sir Alex had met with David Moyes to discuss the situation, and both agreed Hull would be best. Steve Bruce was happy to create the partnership, in which both teams hope can work brilliantly for years to come. David Moyes has already announced that Davide Petrucci and Fabio Da Silva will join Steve Bruce for the rest of the season, with another few possibly on the move for the season.