Manchester United sent a total of 14 players on extended loan deals during the summer season.
As we saw last year, loan deals have a hit and miss rate, and the club isn’t afraid to call up players if their periods aren’t going well.
Season four deals were broken up in January, with Tahith Chong and James Garner being sent to new clubs.
Matei Kovar and Dylan Levitt have also been called up, with the latter moving on loan to Croatian club NK Astra in February.
There will likely be changes this season as well, with some loan deals not going according to plan.
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Uruguay’s Facundo Pelestri has hinted strongly that he expects to be called up by United in January.
Pelistri is back to rejoin Alaves after a solid pre-season, and the Spanish club looks like he’s no match for Belistri.
Pellistri has been used this season as a substitute, and Alaves’ style of play and his low La Liga rating don’t give him many chances.
Alaves is a team with little possession, which limits Pellistri’s chance to show his ability.
United have a clause in their loan deal that allows the club to recall him if he does not play a set number of minutes, which he is missing.
Speaking to the goalkeeper in early December, Pelistri said: “There is a clause where if I don’t play a certain number of minutes they can take me back. [unliterally]And mathematically I can’t get there even if I play every minute until January.”
United could choose to either find a new club for Pellistri or bring them back to work with new interim president Ralf Rangnick.
They will hunt
Young defender Will Fish made his Manchester United debut at the end of last season. The club then chose to find him a loan in Stockport County outside the league, so that he could promote the usual ‘men’s football’.
The international youth player loan has not worked out well at all so far for the young player.
Between August and December, a fish only appeared once, before being finally called up at the beginning of this month.
If United choose to send Teden Mengi on loan, which is in their best interest, there will be a place in the Under-23 squad waiting for Fish at the academy, who, one way or another, just needs to play football.
De Mane Mellor
United rushed to secure Demane Mellor’s loan move to Salford City in late August after successfully recovering from a ruptured ACL in 2020.
Mellor played just a minute for Salford in his first three months, and had to return in early December for United under-23s to get some time.
The young striker does not have many chances of success at United. At the age of 21, he needs another loan as he can start convincing clubs to earn his future move. It is possible that he will cut short his loan spell at Salford and find a different club that can offer him regular opportunities in the second half of the season.
Players loaned from Manchester United for the year 2021/22
- Nathan Bishop
Mansfield Town (season long loan)
- Race Devine
St Johnston (long season loan)
- Tahith Chung
Birmingham City (season long loan)
- They will hunt
Stockport County (seasonal long loan)
- Deshaun Bernard
Hull City (season long loan)
- Facundo Blistere
Alaves (long season loan)
- Axel Tuanzebe
Aston Villa (long season loan)
- Ethan Galbraith
Doncaster Rovers (season long loan)
- Ethan Laird
Swansea City (season long loan)
- Dylan Levitt
Dundee United (season long loan)
- Andreas Pereira
Flamengo (season long loan)
- James Garner
Nottingham Forest (long season loan)
- Brandon Williams
Norwich City (long season loan)
- De Mane Mellor
Salford City (loan)
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