Three players United should send out on loan in 2022

Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick said earlier this month that he is open to discussing loan exits for some of his players when the January transfer window opens.

Les Parry is in charge of the players who go out on loan from the club and will likely have a say in any potential temporary exits.

By January, Rangnick will have had a chance to assess the size and quality of his squad before making a decision on the immediate future of some of his players.

Here is a look at three players we think would benefit from leaving Old Trafford on loan in 2022.

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Teden Mengi

Under 23s manager Neil Wood has already said that Mengi will probably depart on a temporary basis in January.

He spent the second half of 2020/21 on loan with Derby in the Championship but did pre-season with United before sticking around this time around.

That has seen him make his Champions League debut but Mengi needs the experience of men’s football, where the results matter and the strikers are physical.

Di’Shon Bernard, another central defensive academy graduate, is getting exactly that with Hull right now, and impressing.

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Amad was all set to join Feyenoord on loan in the summer before injury struck at the worst possible time.

United’s vast array of attacking options mean the Ivorian wonderkid has played just one senior game this season and Anthony Elanga looks ahead of him in terms of young forwards in the pecking order.

The prospect of him going on loan mid-season looked on the cards while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was United manager and Rangnick may be thinking along the same lines.

Amad has huge talent but has not played a lot of senior football for Atalanta or United in his career so far.

That needs to change and a January loan makes sense.

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Dean Henderson

Henderson’s start to the season was unfortunately derailed by catching Covid and David de Gea’s form since has turned last season’s battle for the number one spot into a non-event this time around.

An 18-month loan has been mooted, and makes sense as it would give Henderson a proper shot at the England squad for the 2022 World Cup by getting an extended period of regular football.

Henderson still has the ability to become United’s long-term goalkeeper but given he has seemingly low prospects of dislodging de Gea in the short-term, he needs to go somewhere and play.

Ajax have been linked, which would be an interesting opportunity for him to continue his footballing education. Tom Heaton is an experienced deputy so United would not be leaving themselves light.

The goalkeeper is supremely confident in his own ability and must be disappointed by how the season has gone so far. Getting out and playing somewhere else is the best solution for all parties.

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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.