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Manchester United Might Consider Loan Offers For Teenage Pair: What Should Solskjær Do?

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Manchester United are blessed to have a pool of young talents in their academy ranks and as per the latest reports, they are assessing the option of loaning a few of them out in favour of first-team football. According to Feyenoord transfermarkt (as claimed by the Mirror), the Dutch side might reignite interest in Amad Diallo.

The Red Devils roped in the 19-year-old Ivorian from Atalanta a year ago. They splashed a fee of around £21.25million (which could rise to £34m) to secure his services and the youngster exhibited his excellence down the wide in limited opportunities. There is a reason why they invested such a hefty amount for the teenager and a move to Feyenoord should see him flourish his game and stake a claim in Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s plans.

Why Manchester United Should Ensure Playing Minutes For Their Teenage Pair

His summer loan move collapsed due to a thigh injury picked up late in the window. However, the Côte d’Ivoire international is now close to regaining full fitness and is expected to rejoin the youth set-up before the market reopens in less than a couple of months. United are blessed to have ample wide attacking options with Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, Jadon Sancho, Mason Greenwood, Jesse Lingard and Juan Mata all challenging each other for starting slots and Diallo, therefore, has slipped way down the pecking order in terms of immediate gametime in the Red half of Manchester.

Manchester United teenager Amad Diallo in action
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 25: Amad Diallo of Manchester United runs with the ball during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 match between Manchester United and Real Sociedad at Old Trafford on February 25, 2021 in Manchester, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)The 4th Official uses images provided by the following image agency: Getty Images (https://www.gettyimages.de/) and Imago Images (https://www.imago-images.de/)

Anthony Elanga, the 19-year-old Swedish winger, grabbed attention towards the closure of the previous term when he fired in against Wolverhampton Wanderers. The academy graduate featured extensively during pre-season, but a loan move was blocked by Solskjær despite interest from an array of Championship outfits.

The player, meanwhile, has not ruled out the possibility of a January exit after impressing week in week out for the reserves. He is ready to take the next step towards his senior career and believes ‘anything is possible as he mentioned to Kvällposten (quoted by Manchester Evening News).

“Everything is possible but right now I am in United so I focus on them. But anything is possible and I have to be ready if the club wants to loan me or wants me to stay.”

United should sanction temporary egress for their teenage pair but should only accept any offer if minutes are assured, unlike a few summer deals which have not worked out so far.
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