A number of Manchester United players have already been sent out on loan and more are set to follow.
PA Sport report James Garner, Dylan Levitt, Di’Shon Bernard, Arnau Puigmal and Ethan Laird are all attracting interest from clubs domestically and abroad.
Two players United have decided will stay are defender Teden Mengi and midfielder Ethan Galbraith.
United need players to become cornerstones of a successful under-23 campaign, while there is also a need for strength in depth in midfield and defence at a first team level.
Mengi, 18, is a year younger than Galbraith, and it is the latter who could be the biggest winner from being kept around.
It’s falling into place
Galbraith is a big talent, and at times he has been overshadowed in the under-23s by Dylan Levitt and James Garner, who both started against Astana ahead of him for United’s first team last November.
Both Levitt and Garner look set to leave on loan, pushing Galbraith a couple of spots closer to the first team.
Galbraith had arguably overtaken Levitt anyway, being selected ahead of the Wales international for United’s travelling Europa League squad in August. That shows how highly Ole Gunnar Solskjaer thinks of him.
It was also important for Galbraith that United failed in pursuit of Jude Bellingham this summer. The Evening Standard had reported that Solskjaer planned to integrate him into the first team. Now that allocated spot will open up for somebody else, with Galbraith seemingly next in line.
Galbraith is a top talent. He made his senior Northern Ireland international debut last November, and is still only 19.
In United’s recent under-23 game against Huddersfield he was very impressive, and he scored the team’s only goal in a friendly with Morecambe.
Solskjaer and Nicky Butt look set to hand Galbraith a senior role with the under-23 team, and if he can continue to shine, first team chances will duly follow.
United have an EFL Cup game at the end of the month and Galbraith has a chance to be involved.
He will not feature tonight in the EFL Trophy against Salford as he has been on international duty with Northern Ireland, featuring for their under-19 side just yesterday.
The teenager has a good chance to shine at United this season, at academy and first team level, even in a crowded midfield scene, he could become the team’s breakout star.
Manchester United loan exits 20/21
- Tahith Chong
Werder Bremen (season)
- Aliou Traore
SM Caen (season)
- Joel Pereira
Huddersfield Town (season)
- James Garner
- Andreas Pereira
- Max Taylor
Kidderminster (until January)
- Diogo Dalot
AC Milan (season)
- Di’Shon Bernard
Salford City (until end of season)
- Jake Carney
- Ethan Laird
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