Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed that some of Manchester United’s youngsters will be leaving the club on loan this summer.
The likes of Teden Mengi and James Garner were sent out on loan last season, with Garner in particular thriving at Nottingham Forest in the second half of the campaign.
Mengi and Garner have both since returned to Carrington for pre-season training and are set to be among those to feature against Derby County on Sunday afternoon, with the likes of Harry Maguire, Marcus Rashford and Luke Shaw unavailable as they return from Euro 2020 duty.
But Solskjaer has confirmed that, as the international players gradually return to pre-season training, we will then see some of the academy players depart on loan.
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He told United’s official website: “Gradually, more and more players from the Euros will join in. They’ll [the youngsters] get a taste of some football. Then roundabouts early August, some will go on loan.
“We’ve already lined up a few and some of them are still in discussions between us and the players about where is the best place to go.”
Forest are keen to take Garner back on loan for another season, after the 20-year-old impressed at the City Ground in the second half of last season.
Garner scored four goals in 20 games for Forest and was a standout performer under Chris Hughton, but are still awaiting United’s decision on the midfielder.
This is obviously a bit of a boost for Forest fans, but whether United see another move to the Championship as the best next step for Garner remains to be seen.
He made 40 appearances in the Championship last season on loan at Watford and Forest, and after impressing at the City Ground, perhaps the next step is a lower-half Premier League side.
But, in Chris Hughton, United know that Garner would be a playing under a manager who trusts in him and gets the best out of him.