Four Manchester United loanees hoping for a change of fortunes in closing stages of season

With the season entering its closing stages, Manchester United’s loanees will be hoping to finish the season strongly at their respected clubs.

United’s loan players head into the final games of the season at complete opposite ends of what they are fighting for.

On one hand you have the likes of James Garner and Nathan Bishop fighting for promotion with Nottingham and Forest and Mansfield Town.

And then on the other hand you have the likes of Brandon Williams and Ethan Galbraith who are hoping to beat the drop with Norwich City and Doncaster Rovers.

But there are four players in-particular who will be hoping to get far more game time in the closing weeks…

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Ethan Laird

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The young right-back was flying in the first half of the campaign at Swansea City during his season-long loan.

Laird was thriving in the Championship under the tutelage of Russell Martin who he played under during their time together at MK Dons last season.

But a decision was made in the January transfer window and his time in Wales was cut short and he signed for Bournemouth for the second half of the campaign.

That move hasn’t gone to plan for the 20-year-old. After arriving at the Cherries with a hamstring injury, Laird’s acclimatisation to getting involved with Scott Parker’s side was restricted.

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But after working his way back to full fitness and making back-to-back substitute appearances, Laird looked ready to kick on and fight for a place in the starting line-up.

But Laird hasn’t formed part of Bournemouth’s matchday squad in six of the last seven matches. Parker told the Bournemouth Echo that the marauding attack-minded full-back ‘needs more work’.

With seven Championship games and the Vitality Stadium hoping to secure automatic promotion to the Premier League, the chances of Laird featuring again this season look slim.

Di’Shon Bernard

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The 21-year-old has made 24 starts for Hull City in the Championship this season, but he’s been an unused substitute in the last seven matches.

The centre-back’s omission is rather bizarre given that Hull boss Shota Arveladze told Hull Live that he wants to buy Bernard and keep him at the club long-term.

The prospects of Bernard breaking into the United first team are rather slim and he may seek a permanent move away from Old Trafford this summer.

But his short-term focus will likely be fixated on getting himself back into the Tigers’ starting line-up with just five league games remaining.

Axel Tuanzebe

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After barely featuring under former Liverpool man Steven Gerrard who took over from Dean Smith at Villa Park, Tuanzebe’s second loan spell with the Villains was cut short.

The 24-year-old signed for Italian giants Napoli early in the January transfer window, but his playing prospects haven’t improved abroad.

Aside from an Italian Cup appearance, six days after his arrival, which saw Napoli ship five goals and Tuanzebe being given the slip by Dusan Vlahovic, the defender hasn’t featured since.

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He has just ten minutes of Serie A action to his name this season and with Luciano Spalletti’s side gunning for the title with both of the Milan clubs, Tuanzebe is likely to be restricted to a watching brief.

Gazzetta Dello Sport have previously reported Napoli do not hold interest in trying to sign the centre-back on a permanent basis, reporting he is ‘likely’ to return to Manchester United at the end of his disappointing spell.

Amad Diallo

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The young Ivorian made a blistering start to life north of the border with a goal five minutes into his Rangers debut.

At that moment it seemed the former Atalanta youngster was going to be a rip-roaring success playing under Giovanni van Bronckhorst.

But after being hooked at half-time in the 3-0 Old Firm derby defeat to Celtic at Parkhead, it seems that van Bronckhorst doesn’t trust the teenager as the Ibrox side’s pursuit for three trophies continues.

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The 19-year-old hasn’t started a Scottish Premiership game since the chastening evening against Celtic back in early February and he’s yet to feature in the Europa League for the Glasgow giants.

Amad did get a 28-minute cameo against St Mirren in the league at the weekend but his introduction came when the Scottish champions were 3-0 up.

The Manchester United talent will be hoping to force his way into the Rangers starting line-up before the season ends, but his experience battling for a first team place in a side challenging for trophies can only stand him in good stead when he returns to United in the summer.

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