Max Taylor was handed a glimpse of the stark differences between the top and bottom of English professional football this week.
The Daily Mail report that the 20-year-old defender was in talks over a loan move to Macclesfield this week, just half an hour before the club was wound up over an unpaid £500,000 in debts.
Taylor is overdue some good luck and regular football after a second unsuccessful attempt to leave on loan this summer.
Manchester Evening News report that Taylor trained with League One outfit MK Dons this summer, but nothing came of it.
They say he is still looking for a loan deal, and just wants to play regular football at this stage of his development.
It is understandable that Taylor would want to make up for lost time.
He was diagnosed with testicular cancer back in November 2018 (BBC), but has thankfully recovered now.
Taylor showed outstanding strength of character and if there’s anyone at United who deserves a change of fortunes, it’s him.
With a whole host of defenders ahead of him in the pecking order, the best thing for him at this stage of his career is getting a loan move and playing.
Whichever level that is at – he was all set to drop into the National League at Macclesfield – he needs that experience of playing games which matter.
United haven’t used the loan system as much as some other English clubs in terms of getting matchtime for their young stars, but that has changed somewhat this summer.
Taylor needs to be a beneficiary of that and it would be fantastic to see him playing regular football and making up for lost time.
Let’s hope it’s third time lucky as he goes in search of a loan exit before the close of the transfer window.
Manchester United loan exits 20/21
- Tahith Chong
Werder Bremen (season)
- Aliou Traore
SM Caen (season)
- Matej Kovar
Swindon Town (season)
- Joel Pereira
Huddersfield Town (season)
- Dylan Levitt
Charlton Athletic (season)
- James Garner
- Andreas Pereira
- Max Taylor
Kidderminster (until January)
- Diogo Dalot
AC Milan (season)
- Di’Shon Bernard
Salford City (until January)
- Jake Carney
Brighouse Town (season)
- Max Haygarth
Brentford B (until January)
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