Manchester United have confirmed that striker Sam Byrne and midfielder Charni Ekangamene have joined Carlisle United on loan until the end of the season.
These are the fourth and fifth players to join Carlisle on loan from United this season following in the footsteps of Reece James, Ben Amos and Tom Lawrence.
Sam Byrne, 19, has found his chances at Under-21 level limited this season but did play a big part in the Under-19s UEFA Youth League campaign where he sat joint first in terms of assists in the competition. He has represented Ireland at youth level and has captained their Under-19 side. He scored seven goals in 19 appearances last season and can play either as a main striker or on either wing. The loan of Byrne suggests that Tom Lawrence’s loan, which expired after Carlisle’s last match, won’t be extended.
Charni Ekangamene, who turns 20 next month, was a regular starter in last season’s Under-21 squad which won the inaugural Under-21 Premier League. He generally plays in central midfield in a defensive capacity protecting the back four.
More recently he has played a few games in central defence acquitting himself admirably in an unfamiliar role. Ekangamene recently was given a squad number showing that Moyes is keeping a close eye on this young Belgian midfielder.