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West Ham star admits he followed Manchester United as a kid

West Ham’s Jarrod Bowen really emerged as a star last season when he backed up his performances from the previous campaign, when he was a key part of David Moyes’ side that clinched Europa League qualification.

The Hammers may be playing in the Europa Conference League next year but there is no denying that Bowen had a better season last time around, scoring 18 goals and registering 13 assists.

Moreover, the England international missed just five of the club’s matches, and it’s a huge benefit to have players you can rely on fitness wise. Especially in such a long season.

Bowen made his European debut in the Europa League against Dinamo Zagreb before going on to score three times in the competition. This shows he took his impressive domestic form into Europe and may be one to watch for the future.

His recent comments while away with England may catch United’s eye – should the club decide to sign a right winger in the coming years. Bowen wouldn’t be the worst option but — knowing how West Ham operate when it comes to selling key players like Declan Rice — he’ll probably be priced out of a potential move.

After being handed his England debut in the 1-0 loss to Hungary on Saturday, the 25-year-old revealed he used to follow Manchester United as a kid and idolised club legend David Beckham.

Speaking to England’s YouTube channel, Bowen said: “When I got the call up there was that picture of me with the mohawk and I think it was a fake England top.

“It was Beckham growing up so I had the red mohawk. I don’t know why it was red, I don’t think he ever dyed his hair red, but he had the mohawk, the number seven so he was the one growing up.

“I followed Man United a bit growing up as well but I think I more followed him because I thought he was cool. Him growing up, me supporting Man United trying to copy him with that picture and, as soon as I got sent it I knew it was going out.”

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