A trio of Manchester United youngsters are set to go out on loan.
Manchester United Reserves' coach Warren Joyce has confirmed to MUTV that a trio of youngsters -- Michael Keane, Jesse Lingard, and Robbie Brady -- are set to head out on loan. For Keane and Lingard, they'll be joining Ritchie De Laet and Matty James at Leicester City while Brady will join Ben Amos at Steve Bruce's Hull City. The Ireland international spent last season with the Tigers as well.
With United eliminated by Chelsea last midweek in the Capital One Cup, a competition that manager Sir Alex Ferguson often uses to blood in youngsters into the first-team, there seemingly weren't many opportunities for these players to get a consistent run of games. Keane, though, has gotten opportunities as of late due to the dire injury situation of United's central-defenders and during those appearances, he's generally put in good shifts. Fergie sees Scott Wootton, player that is two years older than the 19-year-old Keane, higher in the pecking order at the moment as he's been on the bench recently for league and European matches. With Chris Smalling and Phil Jones soon returning though, opportunities will be drying up and a move to the Championship seems like a good one if Keane can regularly get games.
Lingard and Brady don't have the first-team experience of Keane -- none actually, for the latter -- but both are promising players. The 19-year-old Lingard is a midfielder who was part of United's FA Youth Cup winning side in 2011 while the 20-year-old Brady has cracked the Ireland lineup in recent months as a winger for Giovanni Trapattoni. On the surface of it all, these moves make good sense and seem to benefit all parties involved. The key, though, for these youngsters will be earning regular playing at the clubs they're headed out on loan to.