Manchester United reportedly sent Dylan Levitt on loan to Charlton because they wanted to secure a good move early on in the window and Lee Bowyer has a good relationship with Nicky Butt.
The 19-year-old midfielder joined the south London club on a season-long loan earlier this week and will be part of the Addicks side that looks to bounce straight back up to the Championship.
Levitt has made just one senior appearance for United but made his international debut for Wales last week and is highly thought of at Old Trafford.
According to The Athletic’s Laurie Whitwell, it is the belief of many that the midfielder is of Championship quality but the Red Devils opted to send him on loan to the Valley rather than look for a move in the English second tier.
It is understood that United believed Championship loan deals were likely to be sorted late in the window and they were instead keen to wrap up a good loan earlier on.
The report claims that the relationship between Butt, the Red Devils’ head of first-team development, and Bowyer also played a part – with the duo having played together at Newcastle.
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The arrival of Levitt looks like a really good signing for the Addicks and this update provides some interesting insight into how the move happened.
Charlton fans will likely love to hear that United see them as a positive place for their young players to go on loan and may be hoping for more deals in the future.
Bowyer has done a fantastic job with young loan players in recent years, with the likes of Conor Gallagher and Josh Cullen thriving under his management.
Both United and the Addicks will be hoping Levitt’s move is just as successful.