Hughes, 18, made his County debut in November 2011 at the age of 16 and he has gone on to play over 50 times for the Rams, but despite starting all of Derby’s 11 league games this season, recently appointed manager Steve McClaren said it will be hard to keep the youngster in January, if the right move were to come along.
“Our job is to make sure he makes it. Eventually he will be too good. What we need behind that is players coming through to replace him,” McClaren said.
Moyes has been ridiculed this season for the lack signings in the summer, with Marouane Fellaini being the only addition to the squad, but, with the likes of Wilfried Zaha, Tom Cleverley and Nick Powell (who is currently on loan at Wigan), the future looks bright for United as they will be using a core of English midfielders.
Hughes has been capped six times for the England under-17’s scoring one goal, before being promoted to the under 21’s, where he has made four appearances.