Wednesday 13 November 2019

Manchester United loan players: Do any of them have a future at Old Trafford?

With Manchester United ready to sell Javier Hernandez if he fails to earn a permanent move to Real Madrid following his season-long loan, the club also has a decision to make on seven other players currently loaned out of Old Trafford.

Louis van Gaal has already shown his readiness to be ruthless at United by sanctioning the summer sale of Danny Welbeck, so how does the future look for some of the club’s other loan stars?

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TOM CLEVERLEY:

Aston Villa have an option to sign the former England midfielder for £7m this month after beating Everton to Cleverley’s signature on loan last September.

Out of contract at Old Trafford in the summer, Cleverley may gamble on moving as a free agent, with Roberto Martinez keen to take him to Goodison Park.

But having made 17 appearances for Villa, and with Martinez under pressure at Everton, Cleverley may take the safe option of signing a permanent deal at Villa Park this month.

Verdict: No future at Old Trafford

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WILFRIED ZAHA:

Two years on from his £12m transfer to United from Crystal Palace, Zaha is back at Selhurst Park after being told by Louis van Gaal that his only chance of a future at Old Trafford would be as a striker.

The 22-year-old has made just two starts for United since signing for the club and has no hope of resurrecting his career at the club.

Done little to impress at Palace, however, so United face making a hefty loss on the winger this summer.

Verdict: No future at Old Trafford

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NANI:

Currently impressing on loan at previous club Sporting Lisbon, scoring six goals in 21 appearances for the Portuguese outfit.

United are still paying Nani’s wages, despite his return to Portugal, and the 28-year-old has three years to run on his Old Trafford contract.

Unlikely to return to Manchester, but his form with Sporting will ensure that United can sell for a reasonable fee in the summer.

Verdict: No future at Old Trafford

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MICHAEL KEANE:

The 21-year-old has impressed on loan at Burnley during the first half of this season, with Turf Moor manager Sean Dyche keen to extend the defender’s stay at the club for a further six months.

While Tyler Blackett and Paddy McNair have benefited from the Old Trafford injury crisis to play first-team football at United this season, Keane has impressed the club’s coaching staff with his performances at Burnley.

Van Gaal is likely to sanction a loan extension this month, but Keane is likely to return to United in the summer.

Verdict: Another chance at United.

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NICK POWELL:

Having made a bright start at United following his arrival from Crewe in 2012, the 20-year-old midfielder is facing an uncertain future after his recent loan at Leicester was cut short by manager Nigel Pearson.

Injuries and loss of form have halted Powell’s progress and he is now back at Old Trafford, waiting for another loan option to emerge.

Has 18 months left on his contract and time is running out for him at United.

Verdict: No future at Old Trafford.

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REECE JAMES:

The 21-year-old is currently on loan at Championship outfit Rotherham after emerging with a promising run of form during United’s pre-season tour of the United States.

James impressed Van Gaal with his performances as a left wing-back, with the youngster scoring twice in the 7-0 summer victory against LA Galaxy in the manager’s first game in charge.

Spell at Rotherham is designed to give the Lancashire-born defender the chance to benefit from a run of first-team appearances.

Verdict: Another chance at United.

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ANGELO HENRIQUEZ:

The Chilean forward was signed in a fanfare of publicity for £3m from Universidad de Chile in 2012, but his prolific form as a teenager in South America has yet to be translated into goals in England.

Still only 20, and with loans at Wigan and Real Zaragoza behind him, Henriquez is now on loan at Dinamo Zagreb, where he has scored nine goals in 18 appearances.

With uncertainty over the United futures of Radamel Falcao and Chicharito, Henriquez could earn an Old Trafford reprieve if he maintains his form with Zagreb.

Verdict: Another chance at United.

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