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RVP and Neville send sons to train at City

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Manchester United striker Robin van Persie and coach Phil Neville's young sons are training with the academy players at rivals City, according to reports.

Though neither child has officially signed with City, the Manchester Evening News claims seven-year-old Shaqueel van Persie and Harvey Neville, 11, are not part of the club their fathers are directly involved iwith, opting for the blue half of the city instead.

A club source told the newspaper that there is "quite a bit of surprise about it."

The source added: "You would have thought that if they were going to be with anyone it would have been United."

Van Persie was the Premier League's top scorer last season, while Neville joined David Moyes' coaching team at Old Trafford in the summer, having spent eight years at Everton with the Scottish manager. Neville had previously been at United from the age of 18.

Meanwhile, Everton's U18 manager Kevin Sheedy took to Twitter to suggest United manager Moyes took little interest in youth development when he was in charge at Goodison Park.

In posts which were later deleted, he said: "All of you out there Moyes was never interested in our youth team or players. In 7 years Moyes showed no interest in our youth team."

He also tweeted during United's 3-0 humiliation at home to Liverpool, writing: "Punt the ball up to Fellaini, great viewing."

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