After trials with a number of clubs including Liverpool, the physically-imposing goalkeeper joined United ahead of the August deadline in 2016.

The summer move from Tatran Presov in his homeland led to Fojticek becoming the first Slovakian to represent the Reds at any level - he made his debut in a 2-1 Academy League defeat of Middlesbrough on 1 October 2016, producing an accomplished performance. As the season wore on, he provided competition for Ilias Moutha-Sebtaoui in the number 1 shirt. Kieran McKenna commented at the end of the campaign: "It was a big adjustment for Alex, being his first year away from Slovakia, but he settled in well. "He had a really good game in the Under-18s away at Middlesbrough and that boosted his confidence. He was getting regular football in the Under-16s and Under-17 fixtures and I'm sure he'll look to keep pushing Ilias in the Under-18s." Fojticek finished the 2016/17 season with nine Under-18 appearances under his belt. The following campaign, the Slovakian's superb performances helped United claim the Under-18 Premier League Northern Division title. He played 19 games between the sticks in 2017/18 and proved again why he is held in such high regard by the club's youth staff.

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