Manchester United striker Robin van Persie's son could be a future star of local rivals Manchester City 

The sons of Robin van Persie, Phil Neville and Darren Fletcher could be the Manchester City stars of the future.

Because the trio, whose father’s made their name at United, have now spent over a year taking part in training sessions at the academy of their cross-town rivals.

It is not known why the talented group have been pointed in City’s direction, although Shaqueel van Persie, eight, has also been training with United.

Manchester United striker Robin van Persie’s son could be a future star of local rivals Manchester City

The sons of Darren Fletcher and Phil Neville, who made their names at United, are also training with City

The Premier League champions, however, have recently moved to their new £200m City Football Academy and offer a clear pathway to the first team.

City’s philosophy is to see that each age group adopts a similar system to that used by the first team in a bid to ensure that, should youngsters be good enough, they can easily adjust to senior level.

United, however, are well-stocked with talent at youth levels and many find it difficult to make the grade.

Premier League champions Man City have recently moved to their new £200m City Football Academy

Van Persie Jnr, eight, has already showcased his talents to a wider audience.

In January, he starred alongside his dad in an advertising campaign for BT Sport.

The youngster is taught a number of freestyle tricks on the streets of Manchester by his old man before the pair take part in a two-vs-two game with a couple of unsuspecting locals.

Showing finishing skills his dad, who cost United £24m, would be proud of, Shaqueel scores the winning goal before the father and son team head home.

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