Manchester United’s midfield options are better than they have been for years. And not just in the first-team.
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has rich pickings when it comes to the next generation. James Garner is expected to excel as the heir apparent to Michael Carrick. While Dylan Levitt is a more creative option alongside him.
The duo have been forming an effective partnership for United’s youth sides for years. Both are expected to head out on loan next season, along with a player who needs to excel from the outset or risk getting left behind.
According to the Manchester Evening News, Ethan Galbraith is also set for a temporary stint away from Old Trafford. And it could be make-or-break for the Northern Ireland international.
Galbraith has composure on the ball and is a natural talent. The problem is, Garner and Levitt are undoubtedly ahead of him in the pecking order.
United already have Fred, Scott McTominay, Nemanja Matic, Bruno Fernandes, Paul Pogba and Andreas Pereira competing for the central roles.
In time, Garner and Levitt should move ahead of an ageing Matic and a disappointing Pereira. Eventually, if they reach their potential, they could be United stars for a decade. So what of Galbraith?
He, too, could make it at United. The issue is chances are already few and far between. Whoever seizes their loan chance the most is likely to jump to the head of the queue.
Galbraith will know that, and it could yet lead to a very rewarding stint elsewhere.