The global crisis which shook the world earlier this year has left it’s mark on football. After a shutdown in March, the Premier League is finally back on it’s feet, although without fans, it feels a little different.
United are better placed than most teams to cope. Others will be scrambling to survive, and for some transfer deals will be near impossible.
This means clubs will be desperately seeking loan deals and free agents to fill gaps in their squad.
Manchester United’s young players can help teams, and kickstart their own careers in the process.
There is still no return date for academy football after the season was cancelled at the start of May.
That’s why it is more important than ever that United look to get the talented ballers in the academy as much game time as possible, after months kicking their heels, mostly training alone.
There will be clubs abroad, in the Championship, and lower down the football ladder who would love to bring in one or more of United’s young players for the season.
United have to plan carefully and choose clubs wisely, but there will be more options than before.
Who will head out on loan?
United’s players will be split into three groups. The first will be those who Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is desperate to keep and believes could step up to first team football in 2020/21.
This is likely to include Ethan Laird, Hannibal Mejbri and Teden Mengi. They will all likely stay put.
It’s debatable whether James Garner, Dylan Levitt, Tahith Chong and Angel Gomes, pending a new deal, would fit into this group.
They all need to play, and decisions will be influenced by transfer activity. They will all have teams chasing after them.
Then there is a group of players who aren’t as obvious, and could do with a loan to promote their causes.
These include Matej Kovar, Reece Devine, Ethan Galbraith (top), Arnau Puigmal, Luca Ercolani and Aliou Traore.
All of these players have progressed well, but don’t have an immediate path to the first team. A loan is in all of their interests.
That leaves a squad largely based up of this past season’s under-18 players, Anthony Elanga, Deji Sotona, Dillon Hoogewerf, Charlie McCann, Will Fish et al, who will stay, and be pushed at under-23 level this coming season, with a big outgoing of loanees likely.
Loans are difficult. Not all of them are successful and it’s often not the player’s fault. A change of manager or injuries can derail careers.
We have seen with Cameron Borthwick-Jackson how a promising career can be impacted by poor choices and bad luck.
The young players can’t fear this. They have to take on their new challenges full throttle and embrace it.
The successful ones could arrive back at United in 2021 with cases to be a United first team regular like Axel Tuanzebe did this season, before injuries ruined his campaign. Nonetheless, his path was the right one.
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