Jesse Lingard has been outstanding this season for the Reserves
In an interview with Inside United, manager Sir Alex Ferguson revealed that a plethora of players from the champions of the north Reserves side could be headed out on loan next season. This is hardly a surprise as this is often the next step in the natural progression of developing youngsters. Just a few weeks ago, Reserves manager Warren Joyce said that striker Will Keane would likely be headed out on loan. Here is what Fergie had to say about Keane and other potential players going out on loan:
"There will be a few [going out on loan]. We'll always do that. We've had eight or nine out this season, including Robbie Brady, Scott Wootton, Joshua King and John Cofie. I went to see Oliver Norwood at Coventry recently and he was a star for them. Some of them will definitely go out again next season: potentially the two Keane brothers, Tom Thorpe, Davide Petrucci, Zeki Fryers and Matty James, who was out for a year-and-a-half through injury but is back now and playing well for the Reserves. Marnick Vermijl will probably stay here for another year yet. We have some terrific young players here: [Jesse] Lingard, [Larnell] Cole, the two Keanes, Petrucci, Fryers, Vermijl, [Ryan] Tunnicliffe, Thorpe. Of the team who won the Youth Cup last year, seven have been in the first team at different points this season: [Paul] Pogba, [Ravel] Morrison, Fryers, Cole, Lingard and the Keanes. It’s a good group of players. The present youth team lost in the semi-finals of the cup but they had only three second-year boys, whereas [their opponents] Chelsea were all second-year scholars. They were a bigger team, much stronger. We had eight first-year boys and, for example, our left centre-back, Nicolas Ioannou, is only 16. So they didn’t let themselves down."
- Ferguson | Source: Inside United
There have been some rumblings that Reserves captain Petrucci may be interested in heading back to his native Italy in order to join a Serie A side. However, those are just rumors at this point. Pogba is expected to decide in the upcoming weeks -- possibly in the next few days -- whether or not to leave United for Serie A side Juventus. The youngster's current contract with United expires this summer -- although he's reportedly been offered a new one.