Manchester United's pre-season wonder admits wanting to leave on loan

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Manchester United youngster Reece James says he may go out on loan.

When Louis van Gaal arrived as Manchester United manager in the summer, fans were rightly excited - especially given his work with young players throughout his career.

During spells with Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich, van Gaal helped kickstart the careers of Michael Reiziger, Edgar Davids, Clarence Seedorf, Patrick Kluivert, Marc Overmars, Xavi Hernandez, Carles Puyol, Andres Iniesta, Thomas Muller, David Alaba and Holger Badstuber.

And, unsurprisingly, fans were hoping that he could work some similar magic with some of United's youngsters, particularly Adnan Januzaj and James Wilson.

Yet in pre-season, van Gaal chose to play Reece James at left back - a virtual unknown even to United fans. Formerly of Blackburn Rovers and Preston North End, the 20-year-old is the brother of former United midfielder Matt James, but had mostly been playing in the reserves.

Playing at left back in a pre-season game against LA Galaxy, James hit the headlines with two goals, and whilst he hasn't played in the Premier League, he did feature in the 4-0 thrashing at the hands of MK Dons in August.

Now with Luke Shaw back to full fitness, James is on the periphery again, and says he is looking to go out on loan, with Football League clubs unsurprisingly interested.

"There’s no rush," he told ManUtd.com. "I’ve got to be patient and wait for the right club – and the right one for the manager here as well as myself."

James also reflected on his loan spell at Carlisle last season, and admitted that he can't wait to make his Premier League debut - whenever that may be.

"Fingers crossed, a Premier League debut is something I’d like to add to that but I don’t know when it could be. If that’s not a possibility, there might be a conversation about maybe going out on loan."

"I was at Carlisle [at the start of the 2013/14 season] but had an injury and ended up being out a lot longer than I thought I would be. It was a tear in my thigh so I ended up being out for eight weeks rather than three," he added.

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