Rangnick suggest Hannibal and Garnacho may leave United on loan next season

Ralf Rangnick has suggested Hannibal and Alejandro Garnacho may need to leave Manchester United on loan next season.

At his final press conference as United manager, Rangnick was asked how many of United’s young stars are ready to play under Erik ten Hag.

Rangnick suggested the talented midfielders may need to depart on loan to get the gametime at the right level to continue their development.

The German cited the example of James Garner, who is set for Wembley with Nottingham Forest next weekend in the Championship play-off final.

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Hannibal and Garnacho could leave United on loan

Rangnick said: “There may be one or two, or even three, where it makes sense to have them in pre-season so that they can show to Erik if they are ready to play.

“On the other hand, for an 18-19-year-old to be here and not play or get enough game time, it may also make sense for them to go out on loan like Garner did at Nottingham Forest or like quite a few other players did with other clubs.

“There are quite a few players – Hannibal and of course Garnacho have already had their debuts – it is also about game time and they need to play on the highest possible level regularly.

“It is not only about training on the highest level like they do here but also they need to play at that level too.”

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Starlet Hannibal earned praise from Nemanja Matic earlier this week, and now the Serbian is leaving, that might leave space for the Tunisia international to come through.

That said, Garner may well also come back in pre-season, having impressed on loan in an area of the pitch where United need reinforcements.

Garnacho is an exciting winger who will be looking to emulate Anthony Elanga by breaking into the first team, and he has also been called up by Argentina’s senior side.

They clearly think he’s ready for that jump and it will be up to ten Hag to decide whether he wants to give the teenager a chance in pre-season or not.

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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.