Manchester United loanee XI of the season, Martial and Van de Beek miss out

With Erik ten Hag set to take the Manchester United reins, the club’s loan players will be hoping to impress the Dutchman in pre-season.

While the 52-year-old may get briefed from outgoing interim boss Ralf Rangnick, who will take up an advisory role, on where he sees the squad, Ten Hag will likely want to give every player the opportunity to prove their worth.

Anthony Martial and Donny van de Beek were Manchester United’s highest profile players to depart the club on loan this season, but neither have excelled in their new surroundings.

The Frenchman, who has been criticised by the Spanish press after picking up another injury, has scored just one goal in 12 appearances for Sevilla.

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While Van de Beek, who could prove to be Ten Hag’s biggest Manchester United success or his first mistake, hasn’t featured in any of Everton’s last ten matches.

But despite their underwhelming loan spells, there have been several success stories for Manchester United’s youngsters this season.

With the season reaching its finale, United in Focus have put together a Manchester United loanee XI of the season.

Manchester United loanee XI of the season

Nathan Bishop

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Kicking off our Manchester United loanee XI of the season, the 22-year-old has been ever present during Mansfield Town’s League Two run.

Nigel Clough’s side go into the play-off final against Port Vale after seeing off Northampton Town 3-1 on aggregate in the semi-finals.

Bishop has played every minute of the Stags’ 48 league games this campaign.

The former Southend United has 15 League Two clean sheets to his name this season and if the One Call Stadium side achieve promotion to League One, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Clough enquire about taking Bishop on loan again next season.

Ethan Laird

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Its been a topsy-turvy season for the attack-minded right-back, which started with him reuniting with Russell Martin, who he played under during his loan spell at MK Dons last season.

Laird made 20 Championship appearances for Swansea City during the first half of the season before joining Bournemouth on loan for the remainder of the campaign in January.

The 20-year-old was struggling with an injury when he signed for the Cherries, but he’s found minutes hard to come by under Scott Parker.

Laird made six appearances for Bournemouth who secured their return to the top-flight, but after starting four games in a row, he didn’t feature in either of the Vitality Stadium side’s last three games.

Di’Shon Bernard

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After spending some time out on loan at Salford City last season, Bernard made the jump to the Championship by joining Hull City on a season-long loan.

The former Chelsea youngster made 24 starts in the second tier of English football, but he only played eight minutes of football for the Tigers across the last 12 games of the season.

According to The Sunday Mirror (17/04, p71), David Moyes’ Hammers want to bring the 21-year-old to the London Stadium this summer.

Teden Mengi

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After making his Champions League debut for Manchester United in December, the talented centre-back joined Birmingham City on loan on January.

Mengi received rave reviews from the Blues fans following his Championship debut for Lee Bowyer’s side and he started nine games in a row for Birmingham.

But injuries derailed his season and he only made one further appearances for the St Andrews side.

Brandon Williams

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The 21-year-old moved to Norwich City last summer with the focus on securing regular first-team football in the Premier League and minutes for the Canaries haven’t proved difficult to come by.

Williams started 23 top-flight games for the relegated Carrow Road side, but his eyes are fixed on establishing himself as United’s first-choice left-back.

The one-time England international has already cast doubt over his long-term Red Devils future if he isn’t given assurances of playing time.

Williams completes the defence in our Manchester United loanee XI of the season.

Dylan Levitt

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The Welshman finished the Scottish Premiership with a flourish after scoring three goals from his last five games for Dundee United, which included a stunner against Joe Hart and Celtic.

Levitt scored six goals during his spell with the Tangerines and the youngster was voted ‘fans player of the year’ at Tannadice.

The 21-year-old whose contract at Old Trafford expires this summer has already said he wants to stay to play under Ten Hag.

Ethan Galbraith

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In his first loan move away from Manchester United, Galbraith experienced relegation with League One side Doncaster Rovers.

But the two-time Northern Ireland international made 27 league starts at the Keepmoat Stadium and the experience of playing regular first team football will be hugely beneficial for his development.

After being the subject of interest from several Championship and League One clubs during the January transfer window, Northern Ireland’s Under-21 captain could go out on loan next season too.

James Garner

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What a season the England Under-21 international has had and it could be capped off by helping Nottingham Forest clinch promotion back up to the big time.

Garner’s importance in Steve Cooper’s side has grown as the season has gone on and with four goals and ten assists to his name, the 21-year-old looks ready to pit his wits in the Premier League next season.

Whether that’s with Ten Hag at United or potentially another season on loan at the City Ground remains to be seen.

But Garner’s stock has undoubtedly risen four fold this season and with Nemanja Matic and Paul Pogba set to leave United this summer, an opportunity could present itself for United’s number 37.


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The Ivorian has had to patiently wait for his chances under Giovanni van Bronckhorst at Rangers, but being part of a side that reached the Europa League final and won the Scottish Cup can only be a good thing.

The 19-year-old has scored two goals in his last four games for the Ibrox side and although he played no part in the Europa League campaign, he’s made it to back-to-back finals with Manchester United and Rangers.

Experiencing Scottish football and moving up north would have been a challenging but rewarding experience for the former Atalanta wonderkid.

Tahith Chong

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The Dutchman got his Birmingham loan off to a flyer and he started 12 Championship matches in a row before picking up a freak groin injury which required surgery.

After picking up the injury in October, Chong didn’t feature again until February, but after six games back in the side, the 22-year-old missed a further five matches due to injury.

He played in Birmingham’s last game of the season and finished the campaign with two goals and four assists from 22 matches.

Facundo Pellistri

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The final player to feature in our Manchester United loanee XI of the season is the former Penarol man Pellistri.

The Uruguayan’s inclusion isn’t based of his club form at Deportivo Alaves because the speedy winger has been on the periphery for the majority of the campaign.

But the 20-year-old has broken into the Uruguay national side and has made three caps under Diego Alonso.

The South American’s have qualified for the World Cup and Pellistri has received an international call despite only playing 71 minutes of football for Alaves in four months.

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