The big Glenea man looked set to follow in the footsteps of Packie Bonner and Shay Given by becoming the next big goalkeeping sensation.
But this week Joe made the brave decision to quit the Red Devils because he was not playing enough games.
Joe signed to the Old Trafford side two years ago aged just 16 and still had a full year to go on his contract but has now decided to quit the club.
However in an exclusive interview Joe told Donegaldaily how it was his decision to leave Man Utd and he did so on good terms but felt it was the best move for his career.
“I asked to be released because I simply did not feel I was getting enough football,” he told us.
“Manchester United are a big club and they have a lot of goalkeepers and people fighting for places.
“I sat down and asked them if I was going to get more football and they said they couldn’t guarantee me anything.
“I just decided there and then that I needed more football if my career was to develop,” he said.
Joe revealed he still hasn’t found another club but that he is hopeful of continuing to play football.
“I have nothing concrete but I’m sure I will be speaking to a number of people,” he explained.
“I have learned so much in the past two years at Manchester United and I couldn’t say a bad word about the people at the club.
“I just thought I owed it to myself to try and fulfill the potential that I think I have.
“I didn’t think I could do that if I wasn’t going to get football this season,” he said.