Van Gaal expects more youngsters to be loaned out

by Richard Laverty

Louis van Gaal believes more of his Manchester United youngsters will leave the club on loan this month.

Ben Pearson joined Barnsley in an initial one-month deal and Sam Johnstone has gone to Doncaster Rovers for the same period whilst others such as Angelo Henriquez were loaned out in the summer, and Michael Keane completed a permanent move to Burnley on Thursday.

Citing that the level of the U21 league isn’t ‘high enough’ for players, Van Gaal confirmed he felt the best thing for United’s young players is to be loaned out and gain league experience.

Speaking to MUTV ahead of United’s home game against Southampton on Sunday, Van Gaal said it was his aim to get players Premier League games.

“Yes because I don’t think U21s level is high enough for our players,” Van Gaal said about more potential loan moves.

“It is better to give loans to youngsters out of the Premier League. That’s our goal.”

Last season’s star Adnan Januzaj is another who could be loaned out due to a lack of game time and proves how much United’s squad has changed in 12 months.

This time last season, Januzaj was United’s saviour yet now he is relegated to a spot on the bench at best and didn’t even get to play against Yeovil.

The likes of Andreas Pereira and Tom Thorpe could also be in for loan spells away as it looks unlikely they’ll get regular game time at Old Trafford any time soon.

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