Nicky Butt has told the club website that decisions have already been made to release players this summer.

He said that these decisions were already made before Manchester United’s season came to a halt.

The head of first team development commented: “I think the decisions are all made. I think they’re usually made by February-March usually, the release and retention side of it.”

Last summer United released 10 youth players including once promising striker James Wilson and midfielder Callum Gribbin.

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A recent report in the MEN stated Cameron Borthwick-Jackson and Demetri Mitchell are in line to be released this summer.

It wouldn’t be a surprise in the case of either player. Both have lost momentum in their once promising careers and need fresh starts.

Loan moves more tricky to plan

Butt said that one aspect of future planning which has been impacted by the halt to the season is loan moves.

He stated that this is the time where planning would begin on these moves for a select group of young players.

He commented: “Loans it starts now, March-April for the July loans. You’re pretty much lost as to what you’re going to do and who’s going to be able to take players, who is not going to take players. You’ve just got to keep to your plan and stick to your guns.


“If, for instance, three or four lads have been planned to go out on loan, they’ve got to go out on loan, but you’ve got to find the right club for them, the right manager, the right way of playing.

“There are loads of things you’ve got to do, which makes it even more difficult at this time, but everyone’s in the same boat. Every football team in the world is in the same boat and, trust me, they’re a lot more worse off than Man United.”

In the short-term, its clearly more tricky to plan loan moves, when it’s unclear when next season will even start, and whether there is even a pre-season.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may want to keep players like James Garner around, dependent on what happens with the club’s pursuit of transfer targets this summer.

In theory, there will be more opportunities for United’s young players this summer if clubs have less money.

This will make teams lower down the football ladder more desperate for loan ‘handouts’ from Premier League teams, but United have to make the right moves for the players.

Another element to factor in in which division United’s under-23 side will be playing in next season.

United were hoping to win promotion from the Premier League 2 second division, just three points off top spot, and strong contenders to win a play-off tournament if finishing second.

If United are denied promotion, then more players could be loaned for a fresh challenge, while if they go up, the club will want to ensure a strong squad is available to compete.

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