Manchester United loanee Dylan Levitt comes off with muscle injury vs Aberdeen

Manchester United loanee Dylan Levitt picked up a muscle injury in Dundee United’s clash against Aberdeen.

The on-loan United midfielder limped off in the closing stages of the first half in yesterday’s 1-1 draw against the Dons.

Speaking via the Courier on Levitt’s injury, Tangerines boss Tam Courts said: “We’ll need to assess that. It’s a muscular injury so you are always naturally quite cautious.

“He’s obviously a big player for us but Calum Butcher stepping in gave us a little bit more solidity in the middle of the park.”

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It curtailed what was hoped to be a big day for Levitt, as former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson watched Aberdeen, take on Dundee United at the Pittodrie after the unveiling of a statue in his honour at the stadium.

The Tangerines midfielder signed up at the Theatre of Dreams at just six-years-old, when Ferguson was still manager of the club.

The 21-year-old admitted that he didn’t expect Sir Alex to remember him, but the Wales international was hoping to put on a show that vindicated United’s decision to sign him.

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Levitt said: “I saw Sir Alex a few times at United, I was very young at the time. I met him when I was about 11 and I signed my contract, I’d been there since the age of six but when I signed at 11 he was there.

“He was still the manager at the time, it was the year before he retired. I also met him at a game in one of the boxes and we had a chat, not for ages because he was so busy but it was good to get to speak to him.

“The impact he had on Manchester United was massive, the teams he built and the trophies he won.

“Everyone looks up to him, he’s a huge figure in football and what he’s done is still massive to this day. I had other clubs after me when I was young but I have always been a United fan, that helped guide my way into the club and I stayed.

“United were the top team when I was a little kid, I loved watching them. That was the team of Rooney, Tevez, Ronaldo, Berbatov, Fletch, Carrick, Ferdinand, Vidic – that was a fantastic team.

“You always saw the young players getting their chance, from the Class of ’92 through to the present day, United always give players the opportunity. So that was the reason I wanted to be there and why I stayed.”

Levitt moved up north in the summer in pursuit of regular first team game time.

Although Levitt’s injury has been disrupted by injuries, the Manchester United academy graduate has become a vital part of Courts’ side.

The Welshman revealed that he is in regular contact with his parent club and they are “happy” with how his season-long loan is playing out.

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He said: “Coming here has benefitted me a lot, I have loved it. Playing in different stadiums, in front of fans, against good teams – that’s why I came here and I am getting all that.

“I knew Scottish football would be a good platform, loads of good players have come here in the past and done really well. There’s always a chance to prove yourself here, playing in some massive games and at a high level.

“The speed of play and tactics is something you have to adapt to, but it’s a great learning experience. United are happy with me, I hear from them a lot to check on how I am on and off the field.

“They watch all the games, they sent me clips afterwards looking at the things I’ve done and what I can be doing better.

“In previous loans things didn’t go as well but you learn from that, you pick things up even when it’s not plain sailing.

“So I think I am a better player for the experiences I’ve had and I really think I’ve kicked on this year.”

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