The England U16 had been with his hometown club for eight years, though they were powerless to keep him when United — the team McCann supports — came calling. The Reds have paid an undisclosed fee for the teenager, as revealed by academy manager Richard Stevens:
“When a big football club come knocking, and it is the club that Charlie supports, you must let him go and have that experience. We did not want to sell him, we did not need a fee for him even though there was a fee involved.
“He has been unbelievable for us, even making his England debut back in August. Charlie goes with complete support from me and the rest of the staff from the academy.”
Obviously it’ll be a while yet before we witness the fruits of United’s recruitment team on the pitch, but it’s nice to see things ticking over. Let’s hope McCann proves less Nick Powell and more Paul Pogba.