Jeffrey Schlupp: A forgotten victim of Manchester United's new Moyes regime?

Leicester City

Leicester City's Jeffrey Schlupp had seemed on the verge of a Manchester United move under Sir Alex Ferguson, but what now?

Wilfried Zaha was not the only Championship prospect Manchester United had their eye on in January, they also were pursuing Jeffrey Schlupp.

Leicester City agreed to allow the winger to spent a several weeks on trial at United, where he played for their under-21 side in two games including a 1-0 win over Liverpool.

United in return loaned defender Michael Keane and pre-season star Jesse Lingard to them, in what appeared to be a mutually beneficial link-up.

The 20-year-old Ghanaian was described as being 'on the verge' of being bought by United in March by the BBC, but a move was seemingly placed on hold until this summer's transfer window.

Upon returning to Leicester his form noticeably improved, surely boosted by sky high confidence from his time at United, and bagged three goals in six games.

In June, Schlupp said: "I spoke with Sir Alex a couple of times. Before games, he would just tell me that I was a good player and to go out and play to the best of my ability. He just calmed you down and made you feel like the pressure was off."

But something else happened in June; Sir Alex Ferguson retired and David Moyes took over, and Schlupp's potential switch to United has failed to materialise.

We told last week how deals which were lined up for Brazilian starlets Bruno Gomes and Wellington Bueno have fallen through since David Moyes took over, with a third Lucas Evangelista also unclear.

Moyes clearly has his priority list full, with signing big name players - even if he is yet to complete a purchase of one - and getting to know the senior players in his squad.

While Guillermo Varela was brought in, signing another player who would likely just be a fringe player for now at United has obviously been placed on hold.

Schlupp's time at Old Trafford has held him in good stead, as he revealed: "To have the opportunity to train alongside the likes of Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie was brilliant.

"They would occasionally give me tips here and there while we were doing finishing practice, advising me on my body position and things like that – but you can just watch those kind of players and still learn so much."

But for now it appears he will be continuing as a Championship player next year. It is perhaps a wonder a rival or a newly promoted club have not moved for him having seen United's interest.

It will be up to the player to show he has taken his experience positively, as he has suggested, and demonstrate on the pitch just why David Moyes should take notice of him 

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