Reece Devine set to leave Manchester United on loan
Reece Devine is set to leave Manchester United to sign on loan with St Johnstone.
Scottish newspaper The Courier reports Devine is set to sign a season long loan deal with the club.
Devine will compete for a left-wing back spot, the paper reports.
The move is a good opportunity for Devine, who at 19, is not currently in Manchester United’s first team plans.
United have Luke Shaw and Alex Telles at left-back, while Brandon Williams barely got a kick last season. He is expected to head out on loan to an English Premier League side.
The issue for Devine was that another season in the under-23s would have done little for him.
Last season he was part of a frequently changing backline and the lack of consistency did not help him. At times he ended up having to play at centre-back.
Looks like a good loan deal
St Johnstone boss Callum Davidson is pleased to have the deal lined up.
He told The Courier: “With his background at Man United I would have no qualms about playing Reece right now.
“I really like the way he plays and I’m delighted to get him. He is full of energy and likes to get forward. He is a hungry young player.
“United have a fantastic youth programme and he has been around the first team set-up at Old Trafford. At his stage, he is now ready to play first team football.”
Devine played 18 games in total for United’s under-23s last season, providing two assists.
United signed him from City’s academy for the under-18s and he has worked his way up since, to the point that he now needs a loan deal to progress his career.
He needs to be tested more and this move will provide him with that. While long-term, cracking United’s side is going to be very tough, a loan to St Johnsone is exactly what his career needs, regardless of what may or may not be open to him at Old Trafford one day.
The impressive progress of young Spaniard Alvaro Fernandez will also have been a factor in moving Devine out on loan.
Fernandez is likely to be United’s under-23 starter at left-back next season, he is a year younger than Devine. He has done well since joining from Real Madrid and was part of the reason Devine was played out of position last season.
A move to St Johnstone is a good opportunity for him. The side finished in fifth place last season in the Scottish Premiership.
This has earned them a place in the Europa League third qualifying round, and getting the chance to compete to try and earn a spot in the group stages has to be a real attraction for Devine.
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