Which five of Manchester United's brightest talents 21 or under could use a spell away from the club to gain vital first-team experience?
Manchester United have plenty of promising youth players on their books and are never afraid to send them out on loan to try and gain valuable first-team experience. Bebe is already off, signing until the end of the season with Portuguese side Rio Ave, while Federico Macheda is another certainty to be farmed out once again. Here I'm taking a look at five others who could also be heading out on loan next month...
The Italian playmaker is one of the most exciting prospects coming through the ranks at Old Trafford and has been in great form for the under-21 side this season.
Considered a long term project he obviously faces a battle to get into the Manchester United first team at the moment. A spell out on loan, particulary in English football, could help him adapt even further and help him on his way to living up to the one Francesco Totti he was once compared to.
Enjoyed a spell with Nottingham Forest last season and has had a couple of forays into the first-team picture this season in the League Cup and Champions League. Another spell in the Championship or lower down the Premier League could give the talented 21-year-old that last kick in his progression.
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Manchester United have a long link with Belgian side Royal Antwerp with the likes of Jonny Evans, John O’Shea and Ryan Shawcross all previously enjoying spells at the club.
Vermijl, who has appeared in the League Cup this season, would become the first Belgian to go on this common United pilgrimage and it could do the pacy full-back with a brilliant delivery real favours for the future.
The midfielder made his first team debut in the League Cup this season against Newcastle but has not been seen since.
The former Jimmy Murphy Award winner for United's best academy prospect needs regular football to get his career on track and a move to a Championship is most likely.
He had an unsuccessful spell with Peterborough a season ago, so may not head back there, but don't be surprised if he is spotted playing against the Posh very soon.
Towards the end of last season the right-sided midfielder, no relation to Andrew, really started to come into his own and he has carried that form into the new campaign.
Approaching his 20th birthday a first stint out on loan could help him to understand the physical side of the game. Any Championship or League One side would be lucky to have him.
Do you think any of these five would benefit from a loan-spell?
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