Manchester United duo could be on their way out of Old Trafford

by Sam Peoples

Michael Keane and Jesse Lingard are close to sealing loan moves away from Manchester United this season according to the Daily Mail.

Birmingham have already confirmed interest in bringing players in which is where Lingard has been strongly linked to while Blackburn are reportedly interested in signing Keane.

Both players had a loan spell at Leicester City last season with varying results. Lingard struggled to get game time but Keane cemented his place as a starting centre back and went all the way to the play-off semi finals, earning himself a Player of the Year nomination along the way.

As well as the loan spell, Keane and Lingard were taken on United’s pre-season tour of Asia where they again had varying results. Keane only started one game whereas Lingard was the top scorer on tour.

Last year, both players gained something out of their loan spells and with chances likely to come at a premium, it is a good move for their careers to leave Old Trafford again.

Keane is unlikely to get a chance in the cup games because Moyes hasn’t been able to give game time to Evans and Smalling due to his preference of Ferdinand and Vidic.

Lingard faces a similar issue with the likes of Nani, Valencia, Young, Kagawa, Giggs and Zaha all ahead of him in the pecking order.

It is a tough task for any youngster to break through into the first team at Old Trafford but if they can both once again go and have productive loan spells, their chances when they return will be much greater.

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