Manchester United’s youth policy has been on the end of a fundamental revamp in recent years.
Before Nicky Butt took over as Head of First Team Development, the club were very hit and miss with loaning exciting prospects out in preparation for increased future first-team involvement.
As a result of the flawed and under-looked system, we have seen several young careers drop off their expected trajectory. But, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s appointment — things began to change.
The youth are now once again taken into real consideration and as a result, planning their development has become much more thorough.
Loans can play an enormous part in player development. Finding the right club that will nurture a youngster and offer him minutes is crucial, with United taking the time necessary to try and tick all those boxes.Embed from Getty Images
This season, the likes of James Garner, Dylan Levitt and Matej Kovar have all gone out on loan within the English pyramid, already experiencing progress and much needed minutes at the senior level.
As reported by the Manchester Evening News, the club already has plans to ship a few more first-team prospects out this season in search of regular football.
Ethan Galbraith, Arnau Puigmal and Ethan Laird have been in and around the first-team since Solskjaer’s arrival at the helm. Laird has arguably been the closest to competing for consistent minutes. Both he and Galbraith have already made their debuts. But, injuries have significantly halted the progress of all three.
The trio were advised to stay at the club in the summer in order to get back to full fitness instead of rushing into securing a loan move.
Now, after putting in some solid performances for United’s U23’s, and with Galbraith recently signing a new deal at the club, developmental loan moves for the promising three look imminent.