It’s a continual process for Manchester United to try and bring academy players and reserves up to standard to be part of the first-team. An integral part of that is sending players out on loan to get regular first-team football. So here we shall look at who United have out on loan for the coming season.
Danny Welbeck at Sunderland (not officially at time of writing but as good as)
Welbeck has had some good games when coming in to the United side, mainly in the Carling Cup and the odd FA Cup game against weak opposition. He’s scored four goals so far, his first being a thirty-yard curler against Stoke in a 5-0 win for United.
He played on loan at Preston for the second half of last season but after a good start had to go back to United after a knee injury got progressively worse and required surgery.
He could be a useful addition to Steve Bruce’s squad and should get plenty of games with only Darren Bent and, arguably, Fraizer Campbell in front of him.
Mame Biram Diouf at Blackburn
Diouf isn’t particularly big but he’s strong and can hold the ball up well. He’s been pretty prolific in Norway for Molde, scoring thirty-three goals in seventy-five games. For United he’s got one solitary goal in six games. With obvious comparisons being made to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer there’s a lot of hope for Diouf to become a regular for United’s first team. Remember, Solskjaer was an unknown when he joined United and went on to become a legend.
Blackburn desperately need more firepower so Diouf should get his chance to prove himself in the Premiership. Only Jason Roberts and Nikola Kalinic are in front of him so there should be games-a-plenty.
James Chester at Carlisle United
Chester has made one appearance for United so far, coming on as a sub for Gary Neville in a Carling Cup match with Derby.
I personally have some experience of playing against Chester, being the same age and from the same town I probably played against him half-a-dozen times when we were around high school starting age. Honestly I think the United scouts that spotted him mistook him for me, we do look a bit alike and play the same position. It should be me playing for United!
Chester played five games for Peterborough during 2009 and three games for Plymouth at the start of the 2009/2010 season but injury brought an abrupt end to his loan spell.
He’ll get games at Carlsile, but will playing in League 1 improve him that much?
Of the players out on loan I think Diouf and Chester are going to struggle to ever be first-teamers at Old Trafford, Welbeck has a chance but I wouldn’t put your house on it.
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