Two of United’s youngsters, who previously were thought to be staying at Old Trafford this season, look set to head out on loan after all. Tom Cleverley, who impressed on loan at Watford in the Championship last season, has moved to Wigan for the rest of the season, in order to gain some Premiership experience. Cleverley was expected to go out on loan initially, but then seemed as though he would stay after impressing during United’s pre-season tour of North America. He hasn’t featured in any of United’s games so far this season, however, and will know get some more first team experience under his belt by helping Wigan out in their soon-to-be relegation scrap.
Another, although this remains firmly in the rumour mill at the time of writing, is Federico Macheda, who has supposedly been spotted at Turf Moor today ahead of a loan move to Burnley. If Macheda goes then he will become the fourth striker to head out on loan, following Mame Biram Diouf to Blackburn, Danny Welbeck to Sunderland and Joshua King to Preston. This would leave United with four first team strikers, with Michael Owen’s fitness less than reliable. Does this mean Fergie has something up his sleeve? Doubtful. The loss of Macheda wouldn’t necessarily be a hindrance; Ferguson would be less obliged to rotate, and would offer Javier Hernández a more important role in the side. But Ferguson would have to be confident in the ability of his strikers to stay fit. Either that, or a surprising late signing.
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