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Three Man United youngsters could leave on loan before transfer deadline

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Manchester United could allow a further three youngsters to leave the club before the summer transfer deadline next month.

United have already sanctioned the exits of five youth players in the summer window with many of them already playing regular football at their new clubs.

Tahith Chong is settling well at Werder Bremen, James Garner impressing at Watford, while Dylan Levitt is at Charlton, Matej Kovar at Swindon and Aliou Traore with French side SM Caen.

MEN Sport understand United are still open to as many as three more loan exits with defensive trio Ethan Laird, Di’Shon Bernard and Max Taylor all attracting interest.

Laird appears to be the least likely out of the trio to secure an exit with the 19-year-old currently sidelined with a minor injury issue. The young right-back featured twice for United at first-team level in the Europa League last season and is attracting plenty of interest from clubs in both the Championship and League One.

Bernard is another player attracting plenty of interest from the Football League with the young centre-back currently at a crossroads in his career. The 19-year-old made his senior debut for United in their Europa League defeat to Astana last November but is not currently in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first-team plans like Teden Mengi.

Fellow central defender Taylor is also likely to leave before the transfer deadline next month and is searching for a new loan move after an agreement with Macclesfield Town fell through. The 20-year-old has senior squad experience from his trip to Astana last year, and is confident of securing a Football League move after an unsuccessful trial with MK Dons earlier in the summer.

United have made a conscious effort to loan out their most promising young players this season with the focus on securing vital experience in senior men’s football rather than staying with the reserve side.

Neil Wood knows he faces a difficult challenge of keeping United competitive on their return to Premier League 2 Division One this season, but understands the club’s focus is on developing players in senior football rather than at U23 level.

The international summer transfer window closes on Monday October 5, however domestic deals between Premier League and EFL clubs can still be done until Friday October 16.

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