Morecambe have completed the loan signing of Manchester United defender George Tanner, the club has confirmed.
The 19-year-old has joined Jim Bentley’s side until the end of the season after impressing for United’s Under-23 side last season following his rise through the youth ranks at Old Trafford.
After establishing himself in the Under 18s previously, Tanner made 20 appearances for the club’s Under 23s last season and will now be targeting his taste of senior football at the Globe Arena.
The left-back is capable of providing a solid presence in defence and can also push forward into a more advanced role, which means he should bring versatility to the Shrimps this season.
Luke Conlan has started the club’s first two matches of the season in the left-back berth, but it now looks like Tanner will now provide him with some competition for the role.
Morecambe have picked up one point from their opening two games as they followed up a 2-0 defeat to Grimsby on the opening day with a 2-2 draw against Macclesfield over the weekend.
This is a good move for both parties, as Tanner will definitely develop himself by playing first-team football and Morecambe are getting an excellent young defender for this level.
He made good progress last season by establishing himself in United’s Under-23 set-up, so he should be more than capable of adapting to life in the fourth tier with Morecambe.
I do think Tanner needed this move as a player can only develop so much within academy ranks, and playing at a senior level will give his game an added edge as he continues to develop.
It should be considered a coup for Morecambe that they have managed to bring a Manchester United player on loan to the club, and I think Tanner will be one to look out for this term.