Josh King’s message to youngsters who do not make it at Manchester United, on scoring against former club and Eddie Howe’s influence on him at Bournemouth


Josh King’s message to youngsters who do not make it at Manchester United, on scoring against former club and Eddie Howe’s influence on him at Bournemouth

Josh King believes it is not the end of the world for youngsters who do not make it at Manchester United. Sometimes you need to take a step down to make your way to the top.

King was at Old Trafford from the age of 16 until he was 21 when he left for Blackburn in search of first team football.

He made just two appearances under Sir Alex Ferguson before moving to the Championship to further his career.

Josh King has scored 45 Premier League goals for Bournemouth
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The 27-year-old joined Bournemouth in 2015, when they had just been promoted to the Premier League, and has not looked back since then.

Josh King, speaking at the London launch of Need for Speed Heat, told talkSPORT.com: “I think it’s very different now at United. I think Ole has given a lot of the young players an opportunity.

“Sir Alex gave opportunities to players as well but when I was at United when I was young they were probably in the top two teams in the world with Barcelona. It’s a bit different as they’ve had a step back but I have a great belief United will be as good as they were before but things take time.

Josh King joined Manchester United as a 16-year-old
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“Even Barcelona were the best team five or six years ago and now they are going through a spell. It happens to every team.

“But I wouldn’t say to any of the youngsters at United to look at me. But if you don’t make it at United it doesn’t mean you won’t make it as a footballer if you work hard.

“If you are at United it is because you are a talent already and they believe in you. They wouldn’t have players they don’t believe in. If you don’t make it at United it doesn’t mean it’s the end of the world. You have to take a step back to take two forward again like I did.

“I took a step back to Blackburn as I wasn’t really playing much and then got a chance at Bournemouth and took it with both hands and got coached by a great, great manager in Eddie (Howe).”

Josh King was speaking to talkSPORT at the London launch of Need for Speed Heat
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King came back to haunt his former club last weekend when he scored the winning goal for the Cherries at the Vitality Stadium.

He said: “It is special to score against any big team but being at United for so many years, and you know a few of the players and the manager, it means a bit more. I did enjoy that one but you forget about it now and do the same again against Newcastle.”

King has scored three goals already this season and is fast approaching 50 Premier League goals with Bournemouth, sitting on 45 right now.

And the Norway international believes there is still more to come as he enters his best years as a player.