The summer transfer window may be closed but that doesn’t necessarily mean business is finished for the Premier League’s top clubs.
Indeed, until the Emergency Loan window closes on November 25th, they have the opportunity to offload some of their fringe players to the Football League; a privilege the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United usually reserve for youngsters desperate to gain some vital first team experience in the lower tiers of English football.
It worked wonders for Arsenal’s Francis Coquelin last season, who has emerged as an integral element in the Gunners’ starting Xi since returning from a temporary stint with Charlton Athletic.
So with that in mind, Football Fancast takes a look at FIVE of the Red Devils’ most exciting prospects who need the chance to earn their stripes out on loan, in the hope it will dramatically improve their first team chances upon returning to Old Trafford…
Despite Manchester United’s lack of firepower, Louis van Gaal has already revealed his plans to send James Wilson out on loan, fearing another year as the Red Devils’ last-choice centre-forward could severely impact the youngster’s development.
There’s already plenty of interest in the 19 year-old, who boasts three goals in 14 appearances for United, with Championship outfits Bolton Wanderers, Cardiff City and Hull City all baying for his signature – according to Mirror Football.
Knowing full well that his striking options will be limited until January at the earliest, however, Louis van Gaal has insisted any loan agreement must include an ‘instant release clause‘.
Amid huge uncertainty over the fates of Victor Valdes and David De Gea, Manchester United decided to keep hold of prodigious goalkeeper Sam Johnstone this summer – allegedly rejecting several loan offers from the Championship in the process.
Indeed, had the Spain internationals left Old Trafford during the transfer window as widely expected, the 22 year-old would be United’s second-choice ‘keeper right now after bosman signing Sergio Romeo.
But with De Gea and Valdes staying put, Johnston is now fourth in the pecking order and resultantly unlikely to feature in even the auxiliary tournaments this term.
The situation has reportedly left the England U20 rather frustrated and rightly so; he’s desperate to continue the impressive progress shown during loan spells with Scunthorpe, Doncaster Rovers and Preston North End over the last few seasons.
With Daley Blind already proving to be an incredibly shrewd selection at the heart of defence, Manchester United might not be as reliant upon Paddy McNair as they once thought.
Indeed, Louis van Gaal was forced call upon on the 20 year-old regularly last season as the Red Devils were hit by a serious injury crisis.
But the Dutchman appears to have given up on his three-at-the-back formation whilst Phil Jones is expected to return from the sidelines by the end of the month, so barring a few token appearances in the Capital One Cup, McNair’s first team opportunities will be severely restricted until at least the new year.
Hull City were linked during the summer and could well decide to revive their interest in the coming weeks following Jones’ return to fitness.
With the England international and few defender Marcos Rojo both rather injury prone however, this might be another case that calls for an ‘instant release clause’.
Andreas Pereira is widely regarded as Manchester United’s most exciting youth product, having claimed last term’s Reserve Player of the Year award and scored an equalising goal for Brazil during the summer’s U20 World Cup in New Zealand.
Louis van Gaal clearly has high hopes for the teenage midfielder, issuing him a Premier League debut and an extended contract at the end of last season, but following summer swoops for Morgan Schneiderlin and Bastian Schweinsteiger, there’s just no room for him in United’s engine room.
Clearly superior to U21 level, Pereira needs to get some first team football under his belt. The Express reported interest from Eredivisie outfit PSV last month, but the trail has gone cold since.
Jesse Lingard was one of the brightest sparks during Manchester United’s pre-season tour and the England U21s’ abysmal European Championship campaign, but any outside hope of first team football the attacking midfielder held have almost certainly been obliterated by the £36million arrival of Anthony Martial.
The Frenchman and Lingard aren’t exactly like-for-like but they will predominantly be competing for the same positions this term – the flanks – and Martial’s transfer fee is an enormous disadvantage. His presence also bumps the Junior Lion further down the pecking order, behind the likes of Memphis Depay, Ashley Young and Juan Mata.
The 22 year-old has already previously impressed in the Championship with loan spells at Birmingham City, Brighton and Derby County, so you’d expect a cohort of the second tier’s top clubs to come calling once again before the loan window closes.