Reece Devine returns to Manchester United as loan spell cut short

Manchester United youngster Reece Devine has had his loan spell at St Johnstone cut short.

Scottish newspaper The Courier report Devine no longer figures in manager Callum Davidson’s plans.

Devine was on a loan until the end of the season, but he has played his final game for the Scottish top flight side.

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How did his loan go?

Devine was one of the first players to leave United on loan in the summer and he had an exciting start as he featured in the Europa League.

He went straight into St Johnstone’s squad for Europa League qualifiers against Galatasaray, but the Scottish underdogs were knocked out.

The left-back ended up playing 10 games in total for St Johnstone, losing his place in the side in September.

When he started for St Johnstone against Rangers in December, a 2-0 defeat, it was his first league start for three months.

It’s unsurprising then that he is heading back to Manchester, with a loan termination mutually beneficial for all concerned.

The loan spell actually has been good for Devine, getting to play competitive games against the likes of Galatasaray and Rangers, but he now needs to find a club where he can feature more regularly.

The 20-year-old faces an uphill task to force his way into United’s first team, and with Alvaro Fernandez impressing at left-back for the under-23s, there is not necessarily a need for him there either.

Last season United played Devine at centre-back for the under-23s, and while there is a similar shortage of players there this time around with Teden Mengi heading out on loan and he could be handy, its not really the best situation for Devine, who has had a taste of first team football.

United will likely remain open to offers and try to find Devine a second loan opportunity for the rest of the season.

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