Man Utd’s 12 players hope to catch Solskjaer’s attention on loan in 2020-21
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has already shown that he is ready to trust the youth as Manchester United manager – and a number of prospects are hoping to get his attention on a loan in 2020-21.
The likes of Mason Greenwood and Scott McTominay have become regulars on the first team under the Norwegian, while a host of other young players have been included in the day’s squad.
Here, we’ve taken a look at the 12 players sent on loan who have the chance to prove they are worthy of a first-team spot next season.
A memory of United’s remarkable comeback against PSG in 2019 is the presence of Tahith Chong. Around 90% hair, the Dutchman won the club’s Denzil Haroun reserve player of the year award to cap off a strong start to United’s career.
After making 12 appearances for the club last season, Chong has been loaned to Bundesliga club Werder Bremen. The winger has already made three league appearances for the German side and scored his first goal in a German Cup game.
Chong seems most likely to make his debut in United’s first team and hopes to solidify that impression during his year at Bremen.
The midfielder has yet to make a first-team appearance for Manchester United, but has played for the club’s Under-21 team in the League Cup.
From now on, Traoré will spend the 2020-21 season with the French club Caen. The Ligue 2 team made his senior debut for him in his campaign opener at Clermont, with Traoré entering the fray as a substitute in the 65th minute.
The first of three goalkeepers to make this list, Kovar benched United’s Europa League draw at Astana last season, but did not enter the pitch.
The Czech shooter will play for Swindon Town this season. Considering the club’s No.1 jersey in League One, Kovar has so far started all of the club’s league games. Less fortunately, the Robins have conceded 11 goals in six games at the start of the current campaign.
Joel Castro Pereira
Signed by United in 2015, Pereira has already spent a lot of time on loan. The former Portugal Under-21 goalkeeper has had temporary spells with – * breathe * – Rochdale, Belenenses, Vitoria, Kortrijk and Hearts before this season.
Now, the goalkeeper will spend the 2020-21 campaign with the Huddersfield Town Championship side. Pereira is yet to appear for the Yorkshire club and is expected to take on the role of replacement for current titular goalkeeper Ben Hamer.
Levitt has already made a senior appearance for Manchester United, having started their Europa League loss to Astana last season.
The Welsh midfielder is on loan to League One side Charlton Athletic for the 2020-21 campaign. The youngster has made three appearances for the club so far this season.
In another milestone, Levitt made his debut for the senior Wales national team in their Nations League match in Finland in September 2020.
At just 19, Garner has made seven appearances for United’s first team in his short career and is highly regarded by club staff.
To give the midfielder a taste of first-team football, Garner will spend this season at the recently relegated Watford. Eager to bounce back directly in the Premier League, Watford should provide Garner with the competitive environment necessary to refine his development as a player.
Garner has already made four league starts for the Hornets and captured attention with an impressive performance in his maiden championship start.
Eager to make the leap into senior men’s football, young defenseman Taylor sealed a temporary move to the Kidderminster Harriers.
The Northern NHL team will hopefully give Taylor the chance to shine. Named to the substitute bench on last year’s trip to Astana, Taylor has already shown bravery beyond most people’s imagination in making a full recovery from testicular cancer.
Pereira enjoyed his most successful season at United last year, making 40 appearances in all competitions and scoring two goals.
However, he never really felt like the Brazil international would become a full-fledged first-team starter, and he is spending the 2020-21 season on loan at Lazio.
Still only 24 years old, Pereira can use his time in Italy to impress Solskjaer and claim a starting place at Manchester United next season.
Having signed for United two years ago, Dalot made a total of 35 appearances for the club and scored his first goal in the demolition of Tranmere Rovers in the FA Cup last season.
At just 21, Dalot was loaned to Italian giant AC Milan to give the Portuguese defender more first-team experience.
Considering Milan’s No.5 shirt, hopes are high that Dalot can continue his development as a player during his time in Italy.
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– Planet Football (@planetfutebol) October 4, 2020
Another player whose only exposure to first-team football at United was the Astana game, Bernard at least marked his debut. Admittedly, it was by scoring an own goal, but the youngster remains well regarded by United coaches.
This season, the defender will exercise his profession for the Ligue 2 of Salford City. Currently under the temporary management of United legend Paul Scholes, Bernard hopes to gain more first-team experience under his belt.
The youngster will make his first stint away from United, having signed a short-term loan deal with Brentford’s B team.
The 18-year-old can play both midfield and attack and hopes to continue his football studies in London. Given Brentford’s reputation for developing young talent, it’s safe to say that Haygarth is in good hands.
Carney recently sealed a one-season stint at Brighouse Town from the Premier League’s national division One North.
The young goalkeeper will continue to train with United throughout the week while gaining valuable first-team experience across the Pennines.