Manchester United Loanees: The Ins and Outs for upcoming season
After a season of ups and downs for Manchester United, manager Louis Van Gaal will definitely be back in the transfer market with a vengeance in order to strengthen some of his squad’s key positions. Meanwhile, several Red Devils have spent the season on loan at various clubs enduring mixed results. Now Van Gaal is known for his ruthlessness as well as his compassion. So you can expect some loanees to be given a run in the first team while the others will almost certainly be shown the door. So who makes the cut, and who doesn’t? Browse through the list to find out.
One man whose fate away from Old Trafford is definitely sealed is Tom Cleverley. The midfielder, who has been with United since the age of 11, showed a lot of promise in his first two seasons but experienced a steady dip in form soon after and was one of the lacklustre performers of the Moyes era.
Moyes’ replacement Van Gaal was unconvinced by the midfielder’s talents and shipped him out on loan to Aston Villa, something which the player himself approved as he saw the move as a way to escape all the negativity he endured at United. With his place in the United midfield already filled, and more signings in midfield expected to follow, I see no logical way for Cleverley to regain his place in the first team. Cleverley has formed a good rapport with Villa gaffer Tim Sherwood, and a permanent move away from his boyhood club looks highly certain.
Another player who has been an underperformer not just of the Moyes era, but his entire United career as a whole is Luis Nani. The man who was once heralded as the next big football talent to emerge out of Portugal has been an utter let down, and although he can create pure magic when he hits top gear. He just isn’t consistent enough to be a Manchester United player. Although Sir Alex’s successor David Moyes rewarded Nani with a new long term contract, the winger didn’t repay his manger’s faith in him and made just 11 appearances in the 2013-2014 season.
Following one appearance under new manager Louis Van Gaal, Nani was loaned out to his former club Sporting Lisbon where he has experienced a resurgence in form and even helped his side lift the Portuguese Cup. However Van Gaal seemingly has no place for Nani in his plans, and the arrival of the young and promising Memphis Depay has left no realistic chance of Nani regaining his place in the first team. A permanent move to Sporting is just waiting to happen.
Chicharito has given Manchester United some beautiful memories, and will always have a place in the hearts of the Old Trafford faithful, mine included. Alas! his future at the Theatre Of Dreams looks bleak. After a decent season on loan at Real Madrid, where he scored some important goals, the Mexican’s deal was not made permanent and faces an uncertain future.
However, despite the departure of Radamel Falcao and the possible departure of Van Persie, Hernandez has no place in Van Gaal’s plans due to the Dutchman’s want of a powerful 20 goal striker who’s capable of firing United to the title. Van Gaal himself admitted that Hernandez isn’t part of his plans next season, so a permanent move away would suit both parties. And there wouldn’t be any shortage of suitors for this lethal poacher.
The talented goalkeeper, who has been with United since the age of 11, has been shipped out on loan to various Championship clubs since his first team debut in 2008. However, the goalkeeper is 25 now – the age where he should be playing for the first team, and that doesn’t look likely at Manchester United. David De Gea is not only one of the best stoppers in the world but also the clubs undisputed number one, and even if he does depart for Real Madrid, the seasoned Victor Valdes is waiting to take his place.
That said, it’s almost impossible for Amos to force his way into the first team. The player, who is out of contract this summer, stated that a departure from Manchester United on a Bosman transfer is extremely likely, and by the looks of it that’s just what’s going to happen.
The youngster who was once touted as a future star for Manchester United has failed to force his way into the first team, and has been sent out on loan to various clubs since his United debut in the 2011-2012 season. Keane, who was a regular scorer for Manchester United’s youth squads is out of contract at the end of the season and could find himself with a new club before the next campaign commences.
Will Keane is behind Rooney, Van Persie, and Wilson in the pecking order and could find himself further shunted out if and when a new striker arrives at Old Trafford. It wouldn’t be a surprise if Will joins his brother Michael in departing Manchester United.