Manchester United's six worst loan deals of 2020/21

A total of 16 players left Manchester United on loan deals during the 2020/21 season. Not all of those moves turned out as spectacularly as Jesse Lingard’s.

Some actually looked like smart deals when they were made, and others were doomed from the very start. Here is a look back at the six worst Manchester United loan moves of the season.

6) Tahith Chong to Werder Bremen

This was one of the loan deals which looked quite smart last summer. Chong was joining a seemingly stable club in one of Europe’s top leagues, and signed in time to enjoy a pre-season, where he performed well.

It was when Chong actually started playing in the Bundesliga that trouble struck, as he looked totally out of his depth.

Werder were not as stable as it seemed either, and ended up getting relegated. Chong was best off out of that, and was recalled and set to Club Brugge in January after starting only four Bundesliga games.

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5) Max Taylor to Kiddersminster

Max Taylor did not have many options after two proposed moves to Football League clubs fell through.

He ended up having to take a non-league move to Kidderminster, and finds himself on this list due to misfortune beyond his control.

After a decent enough start, the covid crisis and financial impact at non-league level meant the division was abandoned and Taylor did not play a single game in 2021.

4) Andreas Pereira to Lazio

An exit for Andreas was sensible, but Lazio was a poor choice of club and so was the clause in his contract.

Lazio were able to offer Andreas a spot at a good level, unfortunately it turned out to mainly be a place on their bench, with the team already well stocked with attacking midfield options.

Pereira ended the season with just three Serie A starts and one red card, plus 25 appearances from the bench.

His contribution was never going to be enough to convince Lazio to pay the optimisticly agreed £24 million option-to-buy agreement as part of his loan deal, and Pereira will be looking for a new club this summer.

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3) Dylan Levitt to Charlton

United spent all summer deliberating over the perfect club to send Levitt to and eventually chose Charlton.

Sadly it turned out to be a poor move for Levitt, who started only four games and was recalled in January, and had to try and salvage his season with a move to the Croatian league.

A year on, despite making the Wales squad for Euro 2020, it feels like Levitt is back at square one.

2) Aliou Traore to Caen

Once highly rated, Aliou Traore does not appear to have a future at Manchester United.

His contract is set to expire this summer and United effectively gave up on him by sending him on a season long loan without agreeing an extension.

Traore signed with French second division side Caen and failed to impress.

He played only 663 minutes in the league and failed to make any of Caen’s final nine matchday squads of the season.

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1) Joel Pereira to Huddersfield Town

When we mentioned loan deals which never stood a chance, this was one of them.

After a bad loan at Hearts the previous year, Pereira was short of options. But surely he could have found a better loan than being Huddersfield’s back-up?

Pereira did not help his cause when he did play, conceding 11 goals in two matches, a 4-3 loss to Stoke and a 7-0 defeat to Norwich.

If United had not given up on him already, he would have been recalled in January to try and find a new club.

Like Max Taylor and Aliou Traore, Pereira will be released this summer and needs a completely new start.

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