Alvaro Fernandez completed a loan move to Spanish side Granada after reportedly being told that his game time would be limited, following the arrival of Sergio Reguilon.

The former Real Madrid defender looked promising in pre-season for United with some fans being of the belief that the Spaniard should be given a chance ahead of Luke Shaw, following the Englishman’s muscle injury.

According to a report from Spanish outlet Ideal, the left-back had received proposals from Premier League sides West Ham United and Vincent Kompany’s Burnley.

After United signed Sergio Reguilon from Tottenham Hotspur on loan, it always seemed likely that Fernandez would be the next youngster out on loan this season.

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United were considering permanent sale

Surprisingly, according to the report from the Spanish outlet, it seems United were willing to let Fernandez leave on a permanent deal. He was valued at just £6 million, which, truth be told, is a bargain for a player of that quality.

The youngster spent last season out on loan at Preston North End and seemingly impressed whilst at the EFL Championship side.

Thankfully, the deal to take Fernandez to the Spanish side is just a loan but it is unclear if there is a buy option included in the agreement.

United’s failings in the transfer market

The fact United would have sold Fernandez for a pittance is, yet again, another sad indictment of just how poor the Old Trafford club have been run recently.

If this were Chelsea or Manchester City, then no doubt the Spanish left-back would have demanded a much higher fee, potentially in the region of £20 million or more.

The people who make these decisions are certainly questionable to say the least.

After selling Zidane Iqbal and Omari Forson for a combined fee of about £1 million, the potential sale of Fernandez would have been a disaster.

Ten Hag may well have signed off on the decision to sell the defender but, thankfully, the defender remains a United player who will look to impress out on loan this season.

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