Di’Shon Bernard reportedly close to Hull City loan

According to The Independent, Di’Shon Bernard is close to a loan move to Hull City.

This would be Bernard’s second loan move away from Manchester United after spending last season with Salford City.

He made 25 league appearances for the League Two side, owned by six members of the Class of ’92.

A move to Championship side Hull is a clear step up for the defender. He has played twice in pre-season, against second tier opposition in Derby and Queens Park Rangers.

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Best to get out and play

Raphael Varane is set to join United, subject to a medical. That will obviously boost Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s central defensive options.

That move apparently means that Axel Tuanzebe will leave the club on loan.

At 23, he’s three years Bernard’s senior, and still needs a loan to have a chance of regular football this season.

That means that it really makes sense for Bernard to make a temporary exit in search of regular gametime.

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An tough, physical league

Bernard will be no stranger to the physical nature of the EFL, having spent last season in League 2.

The Championship is two steps up and United’s 4-2 loss at QPR showed the standard.

Bernard will need to show he is up to the physical and mental challenge posed by physical, uncompromising sides in a league which is one of the most competitive out there.

He will need to impress Tigers boss Grant McCann, who will be looking to keep his side in the second tier after promotion last season.

A successful campaign with Hull could set up a future loan move to the Premier League and it’ll be interesting to track Bernard’s progress.

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