A product of the youth academy of Manchester United, Thomas Joseph Thorpe was born on 13th January 1993 in Manchester, England.
Thorpe is an English professional footballer who plays as a defender for ATK of the Indian Super League and has also represented England at all youth levels from England U16 to England U21.
At the age of 16, Thorpe started his career by joining Manchester united as a first academy player in July 2009.
His performances in helping Manchester United to the best defensive record in the league attracted the attention of Birmingham City, who signed him on loan until the end of the 2013–14 season on 31st January 2014.
In July 2015, Thorpe joined Rotherham United on a two-year deal as he was released by Manchester United at the end of his contract.
On 21 March 2016, Thorpe joined Bradford City on an emergency loan deal until 8 May 2016 and he later joined Bolton Wanderers on a season long loan deal on 31st August 2016.
In 2017, Thorpe joined Indian Super League franchise ATK.
Thorpe has represented England at all levels from under-16 to under-21 and made his England under-21 debut against Scotland in 2013.
His was on peak of his career when he was playing for the England national team and due to his performance he was elected as the captain of the under-19 team.
Rise to Glory
Thorpe rose to glory when he started playing for the England Under-16 team, and due to his incredible performance as a defender, he was also selected for the youth team of Manchester United.
Thorpe made his first appearance for the Manchester united in the 2014-15 season of the premier league but couldn't score a goal.
Thorpe went on to join Rotherham United in summer 2015 and then was farmed out to Bradford City and Bolton Wanderers.
He made 6 appearances for Birmingham City and his first club goal came for Rotherham United in the 2015-16 season where he managed to score 2 goals in 10 appearances in that season.
He was signed by Bradford City in the year 2015-16 and ATK in the year 2017. He played most matches in his club career for the Bolton Wanderers in the 2016-17 season and managed to score a goal in 25 appearances.
Thorpe was named as England under-19 captain in 2012 UEFA European Under-19 Championship.
He also captained the Red Devils' U21 team to the inaugural Under-21 Premier League title in 2012-13.
It had become difficult for someone like Thorpe, who played at Old Trafford for Manchester United, to be trusted by managers as he was surrounded by injuries. It was an injury crisis at Old Trafford that forced Van Gaal to fast-track Thorpe into the first team.
Being the part of ATK in the Indian Super League, if he is free from injuries, Indian football could well witness something that Manchester United missed.
In 2001, Thorpe was the part of the England squad of the UEFA European Under-17 Championship.
He was also part of runners up of the League One, Bolton Wanderers, in the 2016-17 season.