Manchester United's award winning duo could leave before Thursday's deadline

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We take a look at two Manchester United players who could leave Old Trafford before loan window closes.

As the closure of the Football League loan window approaches, we analyse why Manchester United's award winning duo of Ben Pearson and Will Keane could be targeted by clubs who look to prepare their squads for a busy Christmas period.

United have one of the most progressive academies in the country and when it comes to loan offers they are many lower league side's first port of call. 

At present, the Red Devils have loaned out no less than 10 players to clubs at various levels. Goalkeeper Sam Johnstone is the only one who has dropped down the divisions in England but that could all change as the deadline approaches.

We take a look at two players who may be on the radar of Football League clubs and may decide to move to get first team football.

Ben Pearson:

The 19-year-old picked up the Jimmy Murphy Young Player of the Year award in 2013 and has progressed on to become one of the Under-21 side's key players. 

However, with development football looking too comfortable for him, it may be time for the youngster to head out on loan in order to get some first team experience under his belt. 

Although a Championship loan move may be too soon for him, it's likely that League One clubs would be interested in taking him on a short-term basis and would be able to offer a competitive level to his current ability.

He is a player who plays with a lot of passion, drive and energy as proven by the similarities to both Paul Scholes and Roy Keane. As a tireless runner, who isn't afraid of putting getting his hands dirty, a high energy side that likes to pin the opposition back into their own half could prove most effective for him.

Will Keane:

Another player to have won the prestigious Jimmy Murphy Young Player of the Year award, Keane set expectations high from a young age in Manchester. 

The 21-year-old went out on loan to two Championship clubs last season - Wigan Athletic and Queens Park Rangers - but struggled to make an impact. In a combined 13 appearances, he failed to register a single goal and returned to Old Trafford with his tail between his legs.

This season, the young striker has returned to good form and could look to be on the radar of a few Championship clubs that are willing to overlook his previous failures. However, as proven by Arsenal striker Benik Afobe, a loan move to a League One side could prove to be just as beneficial. 

A side that creates a lot of chances and struggles to put them away may be the best option for Keane as he is a player that has, in the past, struggled to create chances for himself and isn't able play the target man role effectively. At his most effective, Keane is a player that makes intelligent runs into the box so could prove to be a worthwhile signing for a side with two good out-and-out wingers who like getting the ball into the box.

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