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Manchester United U23 captain Joe Riley signs for Bradford City

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Defender Joe Riley has left Manchester United to join League One side Bradford City on a two-year contract.

The 21-year-old right-back, who captained United's under-23s last season, made two first-team appearances for the Premier League club.

"Manchester United has been my home, my family for the last 15 years," Riley wrote on Twitter. "It is every boy's dream to play for this club and I can proudly say I have achieved this.

"I have so many unforgettable memories and experiences that I'll forever...

John Brewin profile picture  By John Brewin

Man United's academy system is producing players but not stars

Louis van Gaal has often favoured youth over experience and has frequently celebrated his blooding of future stars like Patrick Kluivert at Ajax, Xavi at Barcelona and Thomas Muller at Bayern Munich. Young players are less likely to question him and, equally, playing them can give the illusion of happier futures, even when a club languishes in the doldrums.

And the latter point is salient when it comes to Manchester United's current crop of kids. There is little expectation they will ever match the...

Joe Riley: Making Manchester United debut was a 'dream come true'

Manchester United debutant Joe Riley spoke about seeing his "dream come true" after playing his first game for the club on Monday.

Riley, 19, who has featured mainly as a wing-back for the under-21s, came on at left-back at half-time during the 3-0 win over Shrewsbury Town in the FA Cup fifth round.

The versatile youngster replaced Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, another United academy product, who sustained an unspecified injury.

Blackpool-born Riley told MUTV: "I'm very, very happy as this is something...