Manchester United’s under 21 central midfield prodigy Ryan Tunnicliffe looks set for a loan move to championship strugglers Barnsley. He has been an integral part of United’s youth setup in recent years and has since progressed up to the senior ranks making his debut as a substitute in the 2-1 Capital Cup win over Newcastle United. He had attracted interest from the likes of Blackpool, Charlton, Hull and Blackburn but Yorkshire outfit Barnsley have emerged as the front runners.
Despite all this, Tunnicliffe has had his ups and downs at Old Trafford. He made the back pages recently after writing off his brand new Range Rover Sport which sent shockwaves around Carrington, literally. It was expected that this would signal the end of Tunnicliffe’s time at Old Trafford but remarkably, he has been kept on and he is now seen as a potential future first team regular.
He was loaned out to Peterborough United at the start of the 2011/2012 to join up with Sir Alex Ferguson’s son Darren. After making 26 appearances for ‘The Posh’ scoring no goals, Tunnicliffe returned to United in January 2012 where he made his first team debut, which won his father £10,000 after he put a bet on when the Bury born Tunnicliffe joined the ranks at United when he was just nine.
I’ve been following Tunnicliffe for about 18 months and his talent is clear to me. A strong, box to box midfielder, the type which United have craved ever since the retirement of Roy Keane. The loan move to Barnsley could just be the start of a glittering career at the Theatre Of Dreams.