The Struggles and Frustrations of Manchester United’s Loanees

Manchester United are currently second in the Premier League, top of Group A in the Champions League and fresh off a 3-1 win over Arsenal at the Emirates.

What could there possibly be to moan about? Nothing? There’s always something.

United have a wide range of talent on their books, be it in the first team squad, the academy or in particular for this piece, out on loan! Young talent is currently being wasted and the club has done nothing about it.


Cameron Borthwick-Jackson (Leeds United & previously Wolverhampton Wanderers)

This isn’t the first time Cameron has found himself on a less-than fruitful loan spell, last season with Wolves, the manager that signed him was replaced early in the season and Paul Lambert saw nothing in this bright young English full-back and left him to rot in the reserves, despite CBJ having broken into Louis van Gaal’s United team during his reign at Old Trafford.

Well, shortly after Leeds United acquired him on loan for this season, they signed another player in his position, Vurnon Anita.

Borthwick-Jackson has made just 1 league appearance for Leeds and I’m unaware as to what Manchester United can do contractually but it simply isn’t fair on the young footballer, whom the Red Devils have a duty to develop.


Timothy Fosu-Mensah (Crystal Palace)

Timothy Fosu-Mensah is another victim of a club removing the manager that signed him, Frank de Boer was sacked shortly into the season and replaced with former England manager Roy Hodgson.

Fosu-Mensah is a talent with undoubted potential in multiple positions (CB, RB, CDM). He was a shining figure as part of a back 3 under de Boer, with Palace fans calling for the club to sign him permanently (never going to happen).

Since Hodgson was appointed, Fosu-Mensah has more often than not found himself on the bench. More frustratingly, Roy has for three consecutive games now, elected to use only one of his substitutes.

This is appalling behaviour from a football club that shares a duty to develop Timothy to just watch the manager ignore him, but perhaps more so from United for allowing this to happen. TFM took to Twitter with two emojis on Saturday night, making his frustrations clear.


Step up United

United clearly need to be more carefully selective as to who they loan top tier potential to and more ruthless when things go south!

There’s only so much the player’s can do to get themselves into the team, it’s on the parent club to prevent such potential from becoming a lost cause.

Written by Jordan Hackett

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