Manchester United youngster Will Fish impacted by manager change

A managerial change can impact a loan player’s prospects, especially a youngster.

Loan spells are all about Manchester United’s talented but raw players impressing a manager who is charged with getting results at all costs.

Will Fish is the latest United player to now be impacted by a change in the dugout.

Fish, 18, is currently out on loan at Stockport County in the National League.


Fish made a great start to life at County, scooping the man of the match award on his first appearance at Edgeley Park.

But since August, he has played just eight minutes of club football, as a substitute in a 2-0 win over Maidenhead.

County sacked manager Simon Rusk earlier this week, with First Team Coach Dave Conlon placed in interim charge.

When a new manager comes in, Fish will hope to impress him and get his loan spell back on track.

Earlier this month, Fish captained England’s under-19s to a 3-1 win in a game in Marbella.

The international breaks have been a good chance for Fish to get some minutes, but he needs regular football at club level.

He will hope to get that opportunity at Stockport now there has been a change of manager.

If the new boss keeps freezing Fish out of the team, United have the option to recall him in January, before potentially sending him somewhere he will play more often.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.