Like most elite sides, Manchester United have a huge wealth of talent at their disposal which inevitably leads to a lot of players leaving on loan deals each season.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has shown that he’s willing to put his faith in young players and will be following the progress of their loanees in 2020-21.
We’ve taken a look at the 12 United players currently out on loan and how they’ve fared to date. Note: we’ve not included Ethan Laird who has left during the January transfer window.
Tipped for a bright future at Old Trafford, Chong decided to join Werder Bremen on a temporary deal in search of regular first-team football.
Despite scoring on his debut in the DFB Pokal, he has started just three Bundesliga games so far this season while making a further nine appearances off the bench.
The 21-year-old did provide an assist in a cameo appearance against Mainz a couple of weeks ago, however, and may get more opportunities in the second half of the season.
“Don’t forget that he’s a young player. We should give him a little time,” Werder Bremen head of football and scouting Clemens Fritz said in December.
“He is dangerous because of his speed and his one-on-one behaviour, which is incredibly valuable to us is. We see a development there [defensively]. It’s going in the right direction.”
Traore is undertaking his first spell away from United, having signed a season-long loan deal with Ligue 2 side Caen.
The 20-year-old had to wait until November before making his first start for the club and most of his 12 appearances have been as a substitute.
After impressing for United’s Under-23s, Kovar joined League One side Swindon Town on loan ahead of the 2020-21 season.
The goalkeeper endured a tough time with the Robins, conceding 41 goals in 20 appearances while keeping just a solitary clean sheet.
He has now been recalled by United and they look set to send him out on another loan for the remainder of the season.
Joel Castro Pereira
Once billed as a potential heir to David de Gea, Pereira has already had loan spells at Rochdale, Belenenses, Vitoria, Kortrijk and Hearts and is spending 2020-21 with Huddersfield Town.
The goalkeeper has made just one appearance for the Championship side, playing the full 90 minutes in a 4-3 defeat to Stoke City.
He has not even made Carlos Corberan’s matchday squad for the last three league games, and United may well be having second thoughts about the move.
Levitt made just five appearances in all competitions while on loan with Charlton Athletic and United have now decided to recall the midfielder.
“He has been a pleasure to work with,” Addicks manager Lee Bowyer told the South London Press. “He’s a very good player. He works hard every day. The thing for me was just the physical side, which will come in time for him.
“Is he going back better than he came? I think yeah. There’s stuff he has taken on board that I’ve passed on to him and he said himself ‘I feel I’m learning here’. He enjoyed it here.
“He is very good on the ball, a very good passer. Was it a little too early for him? I’d probably say it’s the league that was the problem – not him as a player. It was just the physicality of the league. Other leagues aren’t like that – the Premier League and international football.”
QPR and Portsmouth are both reportedly interested in signing the Wales international this month, so he may be back in the Football League sooner than expected.
Having made his senior debut for United at just 17 years of age, Garner’s signature was very highly sought after in the summer transfer window.
Watford won the race in the end and the midfielder has become a regular, making 19 appearances in the second-tier as the Hornets push for an immediate return to the Premier League.
However, he has started on the bench during Xisco Munoz’s first two games in charge of the club.
Taylor had a brief spell at Stalybridge Celtic in 2019-20 before joining Kidderminster Harriers on a short-term loan deal back in October.
The centre-back has racked up ten appearances for the Vanarama North side, scoring one goal in the process, but has recently been sidelined with an injury problem.
Pereira fell out of favour under Ole Gunnar Solsjaer and was shipped out on loan to Lazio, who have an option to buy the midfielder at the end of the season.
Despite scoring on his full debut against Torino, he is yet to nail down a role in Simone Inzaghi’s side and has only completed a full 90 minutes once this season.
Andreas Pereira goal for Lazio pic.twitter.com/BRJbE1Rcxj
— Son of Adam 🔴 (@s_mofficial) November 1, 2020
After falling behind Aaron Wan-Bissaka in the pecking order, Dalot was shipped out on loan to AC Milan but is yet to establish himself in Stefano Pioli’s side.
The 21-year-old got a goal and an assist on his home debut against Sparta Praha in the Europa League but has started just three league games for Serie A table-toppers.
🤤 Trivela assist
🔥 Left foot finish
— UEFA Europa League (@EuropaLeague) November 3, 2020
The centre-back has found himself surrounded by United legends during his loan spell with Class of ’92 owned Salford City in League Two.
After failing to start the first five games of the season, Bernard has now established himself in Richie Wellens’ side, registering two goals and two assists in 13 appearances.
Having netted four goals in his first 11 Brentford B games, Haygarth made his first-team debut as a second-half substitute in their win over Nottingham Forest in December.
The 18-year-old clearly made a great first impression and joined the Bees on a permanent deal in January.
The 19-year-old shotstopper made the move to Brighouse Town on loan in October but may well be returning to Old Trafford sooner rather than later.
Any return will have nothing to do with Carney himself. Action in the Northern Premier League has been on hold since the end of October and there are rumours circulating that the season may even be cancelled completely.