Reece James loan whilst trio are injured suggests 3-5-2 is here to stay at Manchester United

Manchester United have a distinct lack of left-backs at the moment, but have allowed Reece James a loan move to Rotherham United.

Manchester United today allowed young left-back Reece James leave the club on loan until the 21st January.

The Championship loan window shuts tomorrow and plenty of teams have been trying to finalise their last minute deals recently and Rotherham United are the lucky recipients of this talent.

The 21-year-old had an excellent pre-season for Manchester United, scoring twice for the club.

But this term he featured once, in the MK Dons League Cup humiliation.

On paper this is a no brainer.

It is a great opportunity for one of United's hottest young talents to get out and play regular football and come back a more grounded professional.

But the timing could not be more strange, as the ample supply of left-backs at Manchester United is looking decidedly thin.

This summer they sold Alex Buttner and Patrice Evra but the arrivals of Luke Shaw, Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind soon saw to their departures. Manchester United had three quality left-back options at their disposal, even if the latter pair were set to be used more centrally.

However Rojo is currently out with a dislocated shoulder, Blind faces an undetermined spell on the sidelines with a knee injury and Shaw picked up yet another injury problem during the game with Arsenal at the weekend.

James departure therefore seems odd.

What it certainly suggests is that LVG is ready to stick with the three at the back formation which worked well for Manchester United against Arsenal at the weekend, considering he was happy to let his only fully fit left-back leave on a six-month loan deal.

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