Late Loans Loom at Man United
Manchester United are still hoping to find loan deals for a number of youth players before Tuesday night’s transfer deadline.
A player connected to a late move in the window is Charlie McNeill. the previous Manchester City Youngster has struggled to establish himself at Man United and the decision was made to allow him to find his way into the first-team after signing the Netherlands international in January Wout Weghorst.
Recently McNeill scored twice against Feyenoord as man unitedThe Netherlands Under-21s beat the Netherlands 2-1 in the Premier League International Cup. The England-born, Ireland-legal player was left out of United’s 2-1 win over Blackburn on Thursday amid speculation he was set to be removed from the club on loan.
Man United have options that see McNeill linked with a number of sides league one, Two and the Football League. United will be cautious when choosing a loan as senior football is more important than level of play at this age. If McNeill has an offer where he is guaranteed minutes, it is seen as more valuable to his development.
Clubs rumored to be interested are Rotherham United, Newport County and Notts County. matt taylor, Rotherham’s manager said the following about the possibility of signing the youngster:
“(He is) signed elsewhere and it would be wrong for me to talk about players when there is a game at the weekend that they could play a part in. It’s gotten to a point where we have to be respectful of what’s happening elsewhere.”
“Everyone knows we are looking for forwards and centre-forwards. The players mentioned are good players but it would be wrong for me to go on.”
England youth international Teden Mengi was touted for a move during that window, but that move is being shelved for the time being as he recovers from another injury. Injuries have plagued Mengi lately after having successful loan spells in the Championship Derby County and Birmingham city.
Mengi suffered an injury in the first half of the friendly against United Real Betis during their winter camp in Spain, which has excluded him for some time.
After the injury, Mengi posted on Instagram: “Everything in this life happens for a reasonAfter the injury, Man United Under-21 manager Trevor Binnion was asked about the time frame of the injury and explained:
“I don’t have an update [diagnosis] I don’t think it’s as bad as maybe what was first feared or what it looked like, so that’s a positive. He’s had a few injuries so he knows what to do.”
“He’s got the mental toughness to deal with it and come back from it so he’ll be fine but it’s disappointing for him.”
20-year-old Dutch defender Bjorn Hardley has been linked with a move from the club to continue his development. He has been one of the club’s better academy defenders this season and was brought to Spain for winter training camp during the winter break but did not make his first-team debut.
He has already been included in the first-team squad and was benched against Young Boys last season Champions League. Hardley can be kept left back for depth in the U21 side if other options remain.
Di’Shon Bernard has already had a string of successful loan spells from Man United, having played for Gary Neville’s Salford and in the Championship with Hull last season. Injuries prevented a move this summer after a successful spell in England’s second division. Man United were open to both a permanent and loan move over the summer but only short-term loan moves will be of interest at the moment.
Bernard and Hardley played together for the Papa John’s Trophy this season. Last season Bernard played in the championship Hull City and 28 games in all competitions for the Tigers, he is hoping for a move to a club of a similar caliber.
Man United are reported to be open to loan offers for both players in the January window
Zidane Iqbal spent time with Preston north end on a work experience basis last year and did not have an opportunity to start at Man United after a successful pre-season tour with the first team. The Iraq international is now behind Kobbie Mainoo in the first-team ranks and is in dire need of a move from the club on loan.
Iqbal had a frustrating season, he wanted to go on loan but was promised he would get first-team opportunities, which didn’t happen. Iqbal’s minutes are coming at the U21 side but those at United believe he could still get a chance as the club are fighting on four fronts.
Man United staff have suggested Iqbal would be better off on loan next season, saying it would be better for his development to remain in the first-team squad and continue training with better quality players.
When asked about the potential move to Iqbal in January, Preston’s manager Lowe had this to say:
“He trained with us for a week last season, he and another boy joined us. We had a good relationship with Chris McCready and Justin Cochrane, who was there with his U21s and now plays at Brentford. They did something a little bit different, they try to send their players to football clubs for internships. They joined us for a week last year and they were excellent the couple.
“But there’s no interest in loaning Zidane unless I’m told something different than Man United and they say he wants to come, then it could be a different conversation. I wasn’t told that.”
“They have some good players. Man United have a say here Alvaro Fernandez, You know how we work and what we do. I’m sure the guys on loan, their colleagues, will be here to make sure everything is fine and I’m sure it is. If we can build those relationships and players want to come and play for us, then we’ll definitely look into it.”
“He definitely wasn’t on our radar in terms of not needing that position, but you never know, right? He’s a quality player.
“Maybe the championship is a bit early for him, maybe it’s the championship next season, but I just don’t know. As far as I’m concerned I didn’t know he was being discussed with us and I didn’t know he was on loan.
“I think we know most of the kids and good players across the country who are on loan.”
Middlesbrough has been linked with a short-term loan switch Michael Karrik would know Iqbal better than most, having previously worked with him at Man United. There are also rumors about other clubs in the league League One and abroad who are interested in a loan for the quicksilver talent.
Another player who shone alongside Iqbal in pre-season was Robbie’s son. Charlie Savage. He successfully made the move to Forest Green Rovers and is already in the squad for the matchdays League One Page.
Anthony Elanga was linked to a number of sites including Borrusia Dortmund, Everton and PSV Eindhoven. A move to Everton is unlikely due to the relegation battle and a move to Dortmund is also unlikely due to his minutes playing.
PSV Eindhoven looks like the most likely destination for Elanga given Madueke’s January window move to Chelsea and the number of minutes promised is important.
Previously, however, Man United would have been reluctant to loan players to weaker leagues such as the Eredivisie Eric ten Hag believes that players can develop faster in such leagues and points this out Anthony and Lisandro Martinez as examples.
Man United Uruguay international’s agent Edgardo Lasalvia Facundo Pellistri has long insisted he is good enough to play for Man United. His agent also said he could push for a move in January if he wasn’t promised more playing time
“We understand that Manchester United We want Facu Pellistri to stay at the club, one of the biggest in the world, but we need him to play. There are many opportunities for him in Europe.”
Flamengo and a number of clubs in England have been linked with Pellistri but for now it looks like he will stay in Manchester until the summer.
A big hurdle to get ahead Brandon Williams is his monster pay package at Man United. The local has struggled with injuries this season but has recently returned to the side, appearing in the EFL Cup win over Burnley and in both United’s friendlies against Cadiz and Real Betis during their training camp in Spain during the World Cup break.
When asked about Williams, Erik ten Hag had this to say:
“He had a bad injury, he’s coming back, he was in pre-season for the restart [in Spain] and now he’s in the squad.
“He was also in the selection at Forest last Wednesday so he’s really a part of that. It’s also a bit up to him, but I like him, but we have to work with him and see where his developments can go.
“It’s also about finding the moment when he deserves his chance and can take it. But if he wants a loan, we have to talk about it.”
Axel Tuanzebe is finally back in training with the first team group but is still a while away from full fitness. He returned to team training on Sunday after six months with a back injury.
Zebe has had a string of unsuccessful stints with credit after a positive start to his Man United career AstonVilla and Napoli both failed last season. Tuanzebe’s contract at United expires in 2023 and it’s likely he will leave on a free transfer in the summer.
Tuanzebe’s agent and brother Dmitri could be interested in securing another loan move from Man United before the transfer deadline closes this month, but interest in the top flight seems limited.
The transfer window closes at 23:00 on Tuesday 31 January.