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Four Manchester United youngsters who could leave Old Trafford today

by Sam Peoples

The transfer window may have been shut until January but the opening of the emergency loan window could mean that plenty of Manchester United youngsters depart the club.

Until November 4, clubs from the Football League are allowed to secure three month loan deals to boost the strength of their squad.

Rotherham boss Steve Evans has already indicated that he is looking to bring in a youngster from United and with that in mind, The Peoples Person has taken a look at four youngsters who may move away to gain some first team experience.

Michael Keane had an extremely successful loan spell with Leicester City last year where he narrowly missed out on a chance at winning promotion in the cruellest of fashions in an incredible finish to their play-off semi final against Watford.

He was rewarded with his fantastic season with a nomination in Leicester’s Player of the Year awards. The 20-year-old returned to United a much more rounded player and he was given a spot in the pre-season tour where he made one start for David Moyes.

Keane has continued his progression with two starts this week for Gareth Southgate’s England U21s but there is little chance of first team action at United due to how much defensive cover the squad has, so another loan spell would be great for Keane and where better to go than back to Leicester where he had so much success last year.

Adnan Januzaj is a player that plenty of United fans would love to see in the Premier League this year because of how fantastic he played for the senior side in United’s pre-season tour of Asia but realistically, his chances would be far and few between.

Instead, the Belgian would benefit greatly from his first loan spell away from the club and has already been linked with a move to Blackburn. For me, a move to Ian Holloway’s Crystal Palace would have been the perfect move for Januzaj but it is only clubs outside of the Premier League who are allowed to bring players in.

Januzaj is a world class talent, of that there is no doubt, but Moyes is unlikely to take unnecessary risk as United manager in his first year at charge and because of that, Januzaj should be loaned out to gain that all important first team experience.

Jesse Lingard was also loaned out to Leicester City last year but failed to have as big an impact as Keane did. Despite that, Lingard has come into the new season looking like one of United’s most promising youngsters off the back of an excellent pre-season tour.

He has already been linked with a move to Birmingham and it is vital that Lingard gets a really successful loan spell under his belt this year.

With Warren Joyce’s U21s, Lingard has already won all there is to win and it is vital he takes on new challenges to help him progress as a footballer.

Another hot property right now is Larnell Cole who is certainly ready for a loan spell. Last season, he was United’s top scorer with 15 goals including two against Liverpool in the U21s Barclays Premier League final.

He was rewarded for his excellent season with a call-up to England’s U20 World Cup squad and continues to improve as a footballer. A tricky and direct midfielder, Cole would be a great asset to any Championship club pushing for promotion.

United have already sent the likes of Marnick Vermijl, Angelo Henriquez, Davide Petrucci and Bebe out on loan this summer but they may well be joined by a few more youngsters before the end of the emergency loan window in November.

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