With Sir Alex Ferguson finally departing from Manchester United this week after twenty seven years at the helm, the club is set to enter a new era – Everton manager David Moyes has been appointed on a six year contract to replace his fellow Scotsman and has already begun making waves, mutually terminating the contracts of several long-time members of the team’s coaching staff (including assistant manager Mike Phelan, goalkeeping coach Eric Steele and first team coach Rene Meulensteen) as he sets out to make his mark on one of the world’s most iconic football clubs.
It’s fair to assume that Moyes will soon begin to make changes on the pitch as well as off of it, with both player arrivals and departures likely. Given his track record at Everton it seems plausible that the Scotsman will continue to pursue Sir Alex’s strategy of promoting youth players, particularly given the number of promising prospects that he will have at his disposal.
Young talents need nurturing, however, and one way to vastly improve their skills on the pitch is to provide them with first team football. As up-and-comers cannot realistically be included in the line-up of a team competing for silverware week-in/week-out, an effective way to enhance the abilities of youngsters is to send them out on loan.
Current first teamers such as Danny Welbeck and Tom Cleverley have benefitted from temporary spells away from the club in the recent past, and so without further ado here are five Manchester United players who would benefit greatly from periods at other teams, whether they are in the Premier League, lower leagues or abroad.
Honourable Mention – Guillermo Varela
So far this summer, Manchester United’s only new signing has been that of Uruguayan full back Guillermo Varela, an under-20 international for his homeland that joins from Penarol, his hometown club.
At twenty years of age, he cannot realistically expect to immediately impact upon the first team, but whilst a loan spell away may be beneficial to him in the future, the club’s first priority should be settling their new prospect into the English game and way of life by easing him into the academy and reserves fold.
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