Looking at potential Man United loan deals before emergency window closes

by Sam Peoples

The January transfer window might be closed for business but for clubs outside of the Premier League, there is one last opportunity to secure some deals.

The emergency loan window for the Football League closes today which means there is likely to be some movement with young, talented players securing loan spells in the lower leagues in order to help them progress.

With that in mind, we’ve taken a look at some Manchester United players who could really benefit from loan spells into the Football League to join the likes of Ben Pearson and Will Keane who left in January on temporary deals.

Tom Thorpe

United’s U21s captain made his Man United debut earlier this season but since then hasn’t been able to get anywhere near the first-team and injuries have limited his appearances with the U21s as well.

What has been abundantly obvious with Tom for quite some time is how comfortable he is at U21s level. He needs competitive first-team football if he is to progress into the potentially fantastic centre-back he could be.

Reece James

James signed a new contract with Man United in February but that’s a fruitless exercise if he doesn’t progress enough to challenge for a spot in Louis van Gaal‘s side. He has got great potential and showed that on the pre-season tour of USA but won’t be able to build on that with the U21s.

Like Paddy McNair and Tyler Blackett, Louis van Gaal sees something in James and rewarded him with a new contract. Now, he needs to reward him with a loan.

Andreas Pereira

Pereira might have been training with the first-team all year and even made his Premier League debut the other week, but a loan spell to the Championship would offer him the game time he has been craving. It’s all down to what he wants and vice versa with the club because there would be no shortage of suitors for the young Belgian.

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