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STICK or LOAN? Which Man Utd youngsters will make the starting 11 next season?

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Manchester United’s long haul of a season is over. Reds around the world unanimously breathed a sigh of relief as they saw their beloved Devils clinch third place in the Premier League; meaning Champions League football will be there next season…

However, Man Utd are currently undergoing a clear rebuild via the reign of club legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Throughout the season, Manchester United have grafted and ground their way to a top-four finish.

Now the season is over Solskjaer must prepare for the 20/21 Premier League, and this could result in a rejig of the squad. Particularly, the emerging youth from within the Old Trafford ranks have played a vital role in Solskjaer’s rebuild.

This puts the Norwegian boss in a sticky situation, as there are most definitely transfers that need to be made in order for Man Utd to compete with the likes of Man City and Liverpool. This leaves us with a top-five of the younger players who could be on Solskjaer’s ‘loan list’.

Mason Greenwood

Mason Greenwood lived up to fans’ expectations this season, if not surpassed them. He has scored 10 Premier League goals in his first full season, at only age 18.

With transfer rumours regarding Jadon Sancho joining Man Utd, it leaves Greenwood with two options; get first-team football on loan or fight Sancho for the position on the right flank. With the form Greenwood is in, he should be kept at the club, as a young performer who clearly thrives off pressure; having the option of him or Jadon Sancho to attack your left-back could be devastating.

Daniel James

Many Man Utd fans were pleased with this Welsh acquisition, especially if they enjoy using fast players on FIFA. The ex-Swansea Speedster offered something totally new to Man Utd’s attack, making him a pivotal piece of equipment when it comes to counter-attacking football.

Unfortunately for James, most EPL teams quickly discovered that a low block of defence is the bane of Man Utd, voiding the utilisation of Dan James.

With James’ pace, he could be a crucial squad player – akin to Ji-Sung Park; not necessarily a regular, but absolutely vital when needed.

It may be easy to say that Dan James should be loaned given the form of Greenwood and the interest in Sancho, but James’ pace may well be missed in certain margins next season.

Diogo Dalot

The young Portuguese full-back made quite an impression after joining during the Jose Mourinho era, it had been a long time since Man Utd fans had seen an attacking right-back.

Dalot hasn’t seen much action as of late, with Man Utd academy teens, such as Brandon Williams, T. Fosu-Mensah and Axel Tuanzebe, all stepping up when Luke Shaw or Aaron Wan-Bissaka are unavailable.

A loan for Dalot could be a chance for him to play a more advanced and attacking role at another club. It’s needless to say that he is a fantastic crosser of the ball, but Man Utd don’t have too many players who are the type to find themselves on the end of it.

Therefore, Dalot should be loaned until the Reds either produce or acquire a striker who can compliment Dalot’s game. Otherwise, we may be saying farewell for good.

Scott McTominay

Despite the way he carries himself, Scott McTominay is only 23 years of age. During Man Utd’s midfield mayhem throughout previous years, McTominay has been a beacon of hope and consistency.

But with the recent turn-arounds in form from senior players such as Nemanja Matic and Fred, plus the return of Paul Pogba AND the introduction of Bruno Fernandes… Where does Scott sit?

Axel Tuanzebe

Man Utd’s defence dramatically improved this season. Last season, they conceded 54 Premier League goals, the 11th best record in the league. But this season, the Reds conceded only 36 goals, the 3rd best record in the league.

However, many Man Utd fans will still have seen that there are still some creases to be ironed out in that department; should they want to challenge for the Premier League trophy.

Tuanzebe performed excellently on his loan spell with Aston Villa in the 18/19 season. Helping them clinch promotion and had their fans singing his name. Upon his return, Solskjaer slowly introduced the defender into his starting eleven. However, Maguire and Lindelof still appear to be the boss’ favourite pairing.

The manager will have a big decision when it comes to Tuanzebe. Is he good enough to be a replacement for the first choice defence? Or is he too good not to be getting minutes on the pitch?

Since Solskjaer’s appointment, Man Utd’s transfer success has shot through the roof, with each of his acquisitions quickly finding a place in the hearts on Man Utd fans. The Reds must hope that his decision making, in terms of transfers and squad line-ups, continues to grow and show results.

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