Selling on players from the academy is one of the reasons why Manchester United have so much money to spend in the transfer market, with Frazier Campbell one of the most recent to move on. He had a choice between Hull, a club where he had already made a name for himself in helping them gain promotion to the Premiership, or Sunderland with former United captain Steve Bruce. The choice was obvious for him though as he sees Sunderland as ‘massive’.
He will travel back down to Manchester this weekend for our match against Sunderland but is content that he made the right decision in leaving for first team football.
“It will be a strange one going back and not being a United player, but you know after a while that the time is right for a change of scene,” said Campbell. “I’m a Sunderland player now and will be giving my best for the team. It’s obviously going to be very hard for us – United are still the team to beat in England and Europe. But we have been scoring quite a few goals of late and hopefully we can continue that and cause an upset.”
Campbell was at United since being a kid so recognises it will be weird to return to Old Trafford as a Sunderland player.
“I was with United since I was 10 – more than half my life, which is a lot when you think of it like that,” he continued. “It was a great education. I learned such a lot from being around top players, coaches and obviously Sir Alex Ferguson, who was always around the training ground with advice for younger players. Being at United was great, but I asked myself if I was going to play enough games to be the professional that I want to be. The answer was ‘no’ so I had to move on.”