Louis van Gaal and Kenny Jackett have rather a lot in common, despite the gulf in style of clubs they are in charge of respectively.
While the Dutchman’s struggles at Old Trafford are well documented and constantly plastered across back pages, the dismal run of form dogging Wolves currently may pale in comparison.
That’s for everyone other than Wolves fans and Jackett himself, who is under increasing amounts of pressure at Molineux.
With a late surge for the playoffs looking more unlikely with every passing frustrating result, the club could surely use a lift. It is not a situation that differs too much to the state of disarray darkening the Theatre of Dreams.
As Jose Mourinho looms large over his former Barcelona mentor, perhaps two clubs in a somewhat similar position can work together. While young players have been given a chance under the Dutch coach, that’s largely because of the amount of injuries the Red Devils have suffered.
The once famed United academy is reportedly at its lowest ebb in years, though there remains eager young talent to nurture. With the Wanderers desperately needing a lift, perhaps they can offer some younger Red Devils a temporary home to develop further.
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With the club looking so flat in recent weeks, the arrival of a combative midfielder to spark proceedings in the engine room could be an ideal tonic.
Joe Rothwell is by no means a midfield destroyer, but the 21-year-old’s energy in central midfield helps him reclaim possession, before pushing forward and linking with strikers.
His ease on the ball could help Wolves retain possession, while creating space for himself and others. That particularly has been a key issue dogging the Midlands outfit during their miserable run of six games without a win.
Largely because of the sheer amount of injuries dogging the Red Devils, Paddy McNair has been a relative fixture in the first-team under van Gaal.
However, perhaps the 20-year-old would benefit from some time away. The defender is by no means a bad player, though has looked out of depth when the Red Devils have been at their very worst.
Injuries are surely the only keeping him at Old Trafford, especially with Euro 2016 on the horizon.
The most ambitious of these names due to his exploits in the first-team earlier this season, Brazilian attacker Andreas Pereira would be a revelation at Championship level.
Wayne Rooney’s injury may have opened up a space for the 20-year-old, though surely Adnan Januzaj is surely ahead of him in the pecking order.
Having torn Ipswich apart in the League Cup earlier this season, the Brazil U20 star has shown just what he can do against teams in England’s second tier.
Having starred for the club’s U21 squad, James Weir has begun to appear in Louis van Gaal’s match day squads of late. The Dutch coach has tipped the young midfielder for big things since, though it’s unlikely he will be given too much of a chance with the pressure so high.
For a club in desperate need of a lift such as Wolves, a player of such technical ability would excite fans. He’s been likened to World Cup winning teammate Juan Mata, creating space for himself and others in the final third.
The youngest of players mentioned, but centre-back Regan Poole has enjoyed a rapid career rise since making his debut for Newport County at just 16 years and 94 days.
The Welsh centre-back was recently promoted to the first-team squad after a short stint in the under-21s, though would relish the chance to secure first-team football on a short term basis.
A ball playing centre-half, the 17-year-old is comfortable on the ball and would give Jackett’s backline a calming presence, while retaining the ability to build attacks from the back.