Manchester United youngsters James Garner and Dylan Levitt have both been linked with moves away from the club on loan, by The MEN.
Both players have a tough, but not impossible task to break into United’s midfield.
An extended deadline until October 16, past the October 5 transfer deadline, allows United to loan players out to Football League clubs.
United should be in no rush to loan out either, especially with a Carabao Cup date fixed for the end of the month.
United have been drawn against Reading or Luton Town for the third round, with the second round to be played between the two teams next week.
The match has been scheduled for the week commencing September 21.
This falls in between United’s two opening Premier League matches, at home to Crystal Palace, and then away at Brighton.
United will want to rest as many regulars as possible between these games, and while it could be used as a ‘tune-up’ match for some, it is a game which also presents an opportunity for fringe players – like Levitt and Garner.
A chance to learn
United can save some miles on the clock for regular midfielders by resting them in this match. There is a packed schedule ahead.
This is a chance to learn more about Levitt, who impressed for Wales on his international debut last week, playing all 90 minutes and winning more tackles than any other player.
Garner has also impressed whenever he has had a first team chance, and this would be a great opportunity for them before they head off on loan.
Both players can put themselves in the shop window with strong performances against Championship opposition. At the very least, it would be a valuable learning experience for both.
It is possible one of them could even stake a claim to stay, and convince Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to make space in the squad this season.
There is no need for United to rush into loaning the talented duo out over the next fortnight.
It makes much more sense to keep both players around and give them a first team start, even if that is the only one they get for United in 2020/21, before they head off.
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