Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told Manchester United’s website the club already have a number of loan deals lined up for later in the summer.
For the time being Solskjaer wants to keep as many players at Carrington as possible for pre-season while senior stars are away on international duty.
Solskjaer said: “Gradually, more and more players from the Euros will join in,. They’ll [the youngsters] get a taste of some football. Then roundabouts early August, some will go on loan.
“We’ve already lined up a few and some of them are still in discussions between us and the players about where is the best place to go.”
We have counted up a possible 20 players who could head out on loan in the upcoming season. Some are more certain than others, and three deals have already been announced. Here is a look at who is, and may, be heading out the exit door…
Confirmed loan exits
Nathan Bishop and Tahith Chong have been loaned out already, although they are still training at Carrington. Reece Devine is with St Johnstone already as their Europa League qualifying campaign gets underway this month.
This will be a first loan for Bishop although he has played first team football previously for Southend. It is a first loan for Devine, while this is Chong’s third loan, but first in English football.
Players loaned out by Manchester United for 2021/22
- Nathan Bishop
Mansfield Town (Season long loan)
- Reece Devine
St Johnstone (Season long loan)
- Tahith Chong
Birmingham City (Season long loan)
Almost certain to leave on loan
There is a quartet of players who Solskjaer’s words will apply to in terms of having deals lined up already.
Teden Mengi: Centre-back Teden Mengi is expected to rejoin Derby County on loan, the MEN report. He spent the second half of last season on loan there. Derby’s transfer embargo has complicated their transfer plans but they can still do loan deals.
Facundo Pellistri: Winger Facundo Pellistri is likely to head out on loan again after a move to Alaves earlier in 2021. For now he is enjoying pre-season at Carrington. Spanish newspaper AS reported this week Pellistri is keen to rejoin Alaves for another year.
Dylan Levitt: While there is no clear cut frontrunner for Levitt yet, it is a near certainty he will head out on loan again. He is too good for under-23 football, but behind James Garner in the first team queue. Last season he was on loan at Charlton and NK Istra and like Tahith Chong, will be hoping for better luck this time around.
Brandon Williams: Brandon Williams barely played any first team football last season after featuring more than 30 times in 2019/20. A move to a Premier League club is likely and The Athletic report long-time suitors Southampton are hopeful of a deal.
Probable to leave on loan
Ethan Galbraith: After an impressive season for the under-23s, Ethan Galbraith will be looking for make his mark out on loan. Galbraith is a Northern Ireland international already. Sunderland are reported by the Northern Echo to be keen on a deal.
Di’Shon Bernard: Centre-back Bernard impressed on loan at Salford City in League Two last season. Expect him to step up this coming season with another loan. The News report Portsmouth could be interested.
Matej Kovar: Goalkeeper Matej Kovar got a taste of first team football at Swindon Town in the first half of last season. He was not helped by a managerial change midway through. The young Czech will benefit from another loan this coming season, with the first team places filled.
Possible loan moves
While we feel very confident all of the above players will head out on loan, the following players’ prospects are more unclear.
In total there are a further 12 players with question marks over them at present whether they will be part of United’s first team next season or not. Several of these players will go on loan, but perhaps not all. Let’s run through them…
Diogo Dalot: Dalot’s future will depend on whether United sign a right-back or not. He will either be kept as cover, or sent out on loan.
Hannibal: Now a Tunisia international, United have to decide whether the young wonderkid should be fast-tracked with a loan deal.
Amad: Amad is in a similar situation to Hannibal. Too good for under-23 football, but no guarantee of first team minutes. A loan is possible.
Anthony Elanga: United will likely keep one of Elanga and Amad at least. The question is which one? Elanga could be able to make a first team impact, but United must consider whether he will get enough games. Possible surgery for Marcus Rashford makes a loan for Elanga less likely, but it will depend on pre-season and the type of offers which come in.
James Garner: After a successful loan at Nottingham Forest last season, James Garner is in demand. But he could be needed in United’s first team too depending on midfield transactions later in the window. A Premier League loan is possible if he is sent out.
Andreas Pereira: An ideal scenario would see United sell Pereira. But a lack of offers might lead to another loan.
Ethan Laird: United are likely to send Ethan Laird out on loan again after a successful stint at MK Dons. The right-back has not yet been pictured back in pre-season training, possibly due to a fitness issue, denying him a chance to impress the first team coaches early on.
Axel Tuanzebe: It was reported by ESPN that Tuanzebe would be seeking a loan to play first team football. This has been complicated by Eric Bailly heading to the Olympics and also is dependent on United signing another centre-back. No deal would take place until Bailly returns and a new signing is brought in.
David de Gea: Sending David de Gea out on loan could be United’s only way to shift him if the goalkeeping decision goes Dean Henderson’s way. De Gea’s high wages make it tough for clubs to commit to paying them and a fee, so a loan would be most likely. Of course if De Gea gets the nod, then it could be Henderson who is sent out on loan.
Phil Jones: Phil Jones is practically unsellable at this point due to his wages and injury issues. United’s best hope is that a club take a punt and sign him on loan.
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