United hope to send D'Mani Mellor out on loan before end of next week

Manchester United youngster D’Mani Mellor is expected to leave the club on loan again before the January transfer window closes.

The 21-year-old scored twice for Neil Wood’s under-23s side in a 2-1 victory over Brighton on Friday, just two days after he was recalled from his previous loan spell at Salford City.

According to the Manchester Evening News, “talks are now ongoing” for Mellor to leave the Reds during the second half of the season and get regular first team football, with interest from several clubs in the English Football League.

The forward, who is a product of the club’s academy and has been at United since the age of eight, made his United first-team debut in the Europa League clash with Astana in November, 2019.

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After recovering from a cruciate knee ligament injury and picking up minutes at the start of the season with Wood’s under-23s, Mellor joined the Ammies on a season-long loan towards the end of August.

But he got next to no game time at the Peninsula Stadium, playing just 20 minutes all season across three appearances. After making his debut in August, Mellor didn’t feature for the League Two side led by the ‘Class of 92’ again until this month.

But just two days after being back at Carrington, Mellor was captaining the under-23s and scoring a brace to give Wood’s side their first win of 2022.

Wood praised the “outstanding” Mellor for leading by example in his effort and intensity upon his return to the side.

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Speaking via the club’s official website, Wood said: “He leads by example and leads by effort and energy and intensity.

“When you see someone like that at the top of the team, I think it just spreads.

“He’s leading by example for the younger players here. That’s what he brings to the team and [it’s] great for his confidence to get two goals.”

If Mellor does leave the club on loan in the coming days, he and the club will no doubt be seeking assurances that his prospects of playing and therefore developing are far greater than his first loan move away from the club, which proved to be a disappointment.

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