Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed that there are plans for several young players to leave the club on loan this summer.
The club have begun their pre-season preparations ahead of the new season without several top stars after their participation in Euro 2020 and Copa America over the summer. That means several young talents are filling in in the first-team picture for now which gives them an opportunity to make a claim for a role at the club this season.
But as the senior players start returning, their participation will decrease and loan deals will start happening. But which young players will benefit most from a loan and which are already capable of making an impact on the first-team? Lets take a look.
Teden Mengi: Plenty see Mengi as the future of the Manchester United defence – but in the here and now a loan move looked incredibly likely, with a return to Derby for the season already verbally agreed.
With a new central defender likely to come in this summer to add to the options of Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof, Eric Bailly and Axel Tuanzebe, the 19 year old is unlikely to get any sort of first-team minutes this season and a loan is the ideal thing for him.
Ethan Laird: United are looking to add to their squad by adding competition to their right-back position with Kieran Trippier linked, but perhaps they should look a little bit closer to home instead.
Laird has been excellent in the youth team for the last few years and when he went to MK Dons on loan to get more regular first-team minutes he shone as if he’d been there forever. He plays like a winger on the ball but defensively is still more than competent enough to do a job.
First-team minutes at Old Trafford would be huge for Laird’s development, and if he can overcome his injury problems, he could be a long-term option for the club too.
Anthony Elanga: The Swedish attacker was an interesting option at the back end of last season when Solskjaer was protecting his stars ahead of the Europa League final. Fair play to Elanga: he impressed, even scoring against Wolves.
Despite that though, he’s behind his peers and the senior players in the running and a loan move would be ideal for him to show that ability on a regular basis and either make an impression that can’t be ignored or secure a permanent move elsewhere to shine.
Facundo Pellistri: Pellistri is another who joined last summer, on the back of a recommendation from former United striker Diego Forlan. He impressed in the youth team and trained with the first-team before joining Alaves on loan in January.
He did well in La Liga and now seems keen to return for a full season of regular first-team football. United’s transfer move for Jadon Sancho will push Pellistri further away from the first-team picture and now regular minutes elsewhere next season look like the best way of getting him back up the rankings.
Shola Shoretire: The youngest of the bunch on this list and yet he has already got several first-team appearances under his belt despite playing in an absolutely stacked position for United.
Regular playing time in men’s football isn’t necessary just yet, with training with top stars and developing his body and mentality more important right now. Is it worth keeping him in the youth scene and training with the men’s team with minutes in cup games for now and re-evaluating in the future?