Hull boss McCann delighted to sign Manchester United’s Di'Shon Bernard on loan

Di’Shon Bernard has become the latest player to leave Manchester United on loan ahead of the 2021/22 season.

The young defender has joined Hull City in the Championship on a season-long deal.

Bernard, 20, joined United in July 2017, and made his first-team debut against Astana in the Europa League in November 2019.

He also signed a new long-term contract before leaving on loan, having spent last season on loan with Salford City in League 2.


Happy to have him

Hull boss Grant McCann is confident he is getting a solid addition in Bernard.

McCann told Hull’s official website: “Everyone knows we were in the market for a right-sided centre-half and we’ve waited patiently for Di’Shon.

“The fact he’s been in the Manchester United first team the past few weeks and been part of their pre-season plans shows how highly they think of him.

“From speaking to Michael Carrick, and one or two other people at Man United and Salford, I feel it’s a positive progression for the lad.

“He’s confident and got lots of qualities; he’s quick, good at handling the ball, aggressive in the way he plays, wants to play on the front foot and likes to drive forward.

“We feel we’ve got a really good player on our hands and we’re looking forward to working with him.”

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Varane impacting defensive pecking order

Raphael Varane is set to join United and will expect to be first choice alongside Harry Maguire.

That shunts everyone else down the pecking order. Axel Tuanzebe is set to leave on loan according to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Bernard is even further down the pecking order so it makes sense to leave on loan in search of gametime.

The Championship will be a big step up from League 2 and Bernard will have to impress McCann up close to get games in a challenging, physical league.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.