Manchester United sent a number of young players out on loan in January, with Teden Mengi and Ethan Laird among the hot prospects to land deals.
United still have an under-23 team to pick, and not everybody landed the loan moves they might have wanted.
Here is a look at three young United players who are unlucky not to be heading out on loan.
Goalkeeper Nathan Bishop signed a new contract at the club last month.
Amid part of the announcement for this deal, the club website suggested Bishop would be heading out on loan.
Bishop was asked about this, commenting: “I’m very excited to step out and hopefully be able to play for a team and put all the year’s work into that.”
United were unable to find Bishop a club and for now, he remains at Carrington.
He is in an odd situation because he has not played a single under-23 game this season. And now Matej Kovar has come back from a loan at Swindon and has gone straight into that side.
It’s possible United could look to a foreign league where the window is open still, as a destination for Bishop. Otherwise he will stay around training with the first team, where he is fourth or fifth choice depending on what happens with Sergio Romero.
United fielded numerous enquiries for Wales international Dylan Levitt back in the summer before settling on a loan to Charlton.
This move did not work out and Levitt was recalled in early January.
While new moves were quickly found for Tahith Chong and James Garner after similar situations, nothing materialised for Levitt, which was a little odd.
Levitt was not involved for the under-23s at the weekend. Nor was Teden Mengi, who moved to Derby days later.
It’s possible United were holding Levitt back for a possible loan on deadline day, which failed to come off.
Ethan Galbraith has been one of United’s best players during the first half of the season. Having already represented Northern Ireland and featured in United’s one pre-season game like Mengi, a loan would have been a good next step for him.
With Levitt sticking around and strengthening the under-23s, United could have got away with allowing Galbraith to leave on loan.
As it is, both will be staying, and while that should lead to strong under-23 performances if both play together on a consistent basis, it feels like a missed opportunity not to get at least one of them out on loan.
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