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Manchester United’s valuable transfer lesson that many might not notice

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There was a sense of confusion amongst many Manchester United fans when news came in of players returning from loan in the January transfer window.

For many supporters the development of young players away from the club is something which is put on the back burner, a subject they are interested in, but don’t forensically study with the same scrutiny of the starters in the first-team.

James Garner, Dylan Levitt and Matej Kovar had all impressed when they joined Football League clubs at the start of the season, but by the end of December all were viewed as pretty much redundant by the clubs who had first taken a gamble on them.

Garner was the most unfortunate, putting in decent performances for Watford before a change of manager took the Hornets in a new approach – one which had no previous loyalty to repay in the 19-year-old.

Likewise a change of manager accelerated Kovar’s departure from Swindon, although his record of just one clean sheet in 20 appearances for the club suggests his time was going to be up pretty quickly as well.

Levitt never really got a chance at Charlton Athletic, struggling to showcase his technical qualities in such a physical league, hindsight suggests he might have been better moving to The Netherlands following Dutch loan interest in him last summer.

So too there was a reality check for Tahith Chong. The 21-year-old was one of the brightest talents at youth level but has failed to make any telling impact on senior football. His loan spell with Werder Bremen was another cut short last month as United accepted things hadn’t really gone to plan.

It wasn’t all his fault either. Chong had been brought in as cover in anticipation of star winger Milot Rashica being sold, but he never was, as such the United loanee was never going to force his way into the line up.

When glancing upon such loan recalls simply by social media headlines alone it is simple to presume the youngsters have flopped, but each of those mentioned deals has mitigation attached.

Whether it be managerial change, competition for places, or simply the wrong club, it is crucial to look at the bigger picture when analysing the player’s loan success this season.

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Manchester United smashed nine goals past Southampton on Tuesday night as they bounced back from disappointing results against Sheffield United and Arsenal in emphatic fashion.

The game was effectively over as a contest inside the first two minutes as Southampton were reduced to 10 men, but United still had to find the goals and they did exactly that, with Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Marcus Rashford, Edinson Cavani, Anthony Martial (two), Scott McTominay, Bruno Fernandes and Daniel James all getting on the scoresheet.

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Club officials have been quick to point out that irrespective of the early loan terminations many of the young players will have learnt far more being around a Football League dressing room than they would have done in the safety bubble of the U23s.

It’s also worth noting that not all of the loans are designed to make the player ready for the first-team. Some of them are exit loans and are put in place to give players the experience of men’s football before they leave the club, such as Max Haygarth who made a loan move to Bretnford permanent last month.

Yet perhaps the biggest justification of United’s continued loan work is that their decisions made last month have already produced immediate results.

Now at Nottingham Forest youngster Garner grabbed Man of the Match on his debut in midweek, evidently revitalised by the fresh faith shown in him and the platform to demonstrate his skills in a midfield which was lacking such assurance.

Chong netted on his debut for Club Brugge on Wednesday night in an energetic performance which left manager Philippe Clement suggesting the United loanee might even make his move permanent at the end of the season.

Jesse Lingard’s instant impact at West Ham was a reminder of the quality which he has to showcase, while fellow loanees Di’Shon Bernard and Ethan Laird are both impressing with their respective clubs in the Football League.

All eyes will now be on teenager Teden Mengi as he makes the leap to Championship football with Derby County, another move which will teach him so much about senior football, even if he struggles to adapt.

United’s loan policy is one which will continue to evolve as they go along, but even if a youngster isn’t playing as much as they hoped to, it doesn’t mean it’s not been a success.

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