Manchester United’s most interesting loans for the rest of the season

A number of players have been on loan from Manchester United since the beginning of the season, and two more have just been sent out for the next six months.

There are also reports that suggest the immediate futures of Jesse Lingard and Donny van de Beek are to be on loan deals.

The likes of Ethan Laird and James Garner have had solid seasons thus far, so this article will focus on which loanees to watch out for in the rest of 2021/22.

Anthony Martial: Sevilla

Since Anthony Martial topped the clubs scoring charts in the 2019/20 campaign, he’s had a horrid time in red, scoring only eight goals in 47 appearances.

It is this form which led to the Frenchman being the fourth-choice striker behind Cristiano Ronaldo, Edinson Cavani and Mason Greenwood. While United’s range of options on the wings have left the forward with a little amount of game-time this season.

A loan to the Spanish side that sits second in La Liga is a great move for United’s no.9. He’s a step-up from Rafa Mir and will get to consistently play in Julen Lopetegui’s team.

Whether or not the move will only elevate the market price for a future permanent move away from Old Trafford, or spark a revival in his United career, this will be a very interesting move to follow.

Martial’s talent is undeniable, and while the last 18 months have been underwhelming, we could still well see the striker that earned United’s Player’s Player of the Year just two seasons ago in Spain.

Amad: Rangers

After unfortunately missing out on a loan deal to Feyenoord in the summer due to picking up an injury, Amad finally has the chance to get regular first-team minutes after his loan move to Rangers was finalised on Thursday.

His early season knock has limited him to Under-23s appearances and a single start in the Champions League against Young Boys in December.

A move to the league leaders in Scotland will not only give Amad the opportunity to get regular game-time, but also play in a team that dominates possession and territory, which will give him the chance to demonstrate his final third ability under Giovanni van Bronckhorst.

We all know how talented the young Ivorian is, however, his development has been limited due to his lack of game-time in the last year. These next six months will be valuable to the 19-year-old, and will get him used to the physicality of the game too. Hopefully, he’ll show some magic too.

Ethan Laird: Bournemouth

Ethan Laird’s time at Swansea under Russell Martin was a success. The full-back was a fan-favourite for the Swans and a vital member of the Welsh side.

However, when the interest from table-topping Bournemouth came around; there were too many pros to the move for United not to send their young talent Scott Parker’s way.

Firstly, this will give Laird the chance to play in a back four, whereas he’s been playing as a wing-back under Martin the last two seasons. That should help improve his defensive abilities.

He will also be in a similar situation to Amad, where his offensive abilities can be on show more regularly, with The Cherries dominating the majority of their fixtures.

After an impressive 18 months on loan, many will be excited to see how Laird takes to his next challenge on the south coast.

Axel Tuanzebe: Napoli

Maybe the most interesting loan of the lot, Axel Tuanzebe has had a difficult few years since his successful loan spell at Aston Villa in 2018/19.

United looked to reignite his career with a loan back to The Villians at the start of the season, but it was largely a failure with the centre-back starting just eight matches and unable to secure a regular spot in the team.

A mid-season move to Italy is certainly an interesting one, and one that could help the defender find his form without the Premier League spotlight.

While it’s highly unlikely that he will not make a career at Old Trafford, a successful move could give The Reds bargaining power in a future deal for the academy graduate.

Despite starting just twice in his first four matches for The Parthenopeans, Tuanzebe has the physical attributes to have success in Serie A

Nevertheless, a move abroad will always be an interesting one, and with Chris Smalling being the last United defender to make the switch, Tuanzebe will hope to emulate his fellow defenders success in Bel paese in the following months.

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