Manchester United are a side with rich traditions and history when it comes to giving youth a chance, and it’s something that both Sir Matt Busby and Sir Alex Ferguson thrived upon. This season has been different in that regard, but Jose has turned to youth every now and then.
The likes of Marcus Rashford, Tim Fosu-Mensah, Joel Pereira and Axel Tuanzebe have all been involved or are knocking on the first-team door recently – and perhaps Jose Mourinho is adapting his style to fit the mantra of Manchester United.
We’ve decided to take a look at three players who currently find themselves out on loan at the moment, but have the talent and ability to come back to the Theatre of Dreams next year and make an impact.
Adnan Januzaj (Sunderland)
It was only a few years ago that this young Belgian burst onto the scene, and scored two outstanding goals on his debut. Under David Moyes at United, Januzaj was one of the best players at the club. However, things went rapidly downhill for him under Louis van Gaal, and Jose then decided to send him out on loan this year.
he’s become the forgotten man here, but there is absolutely no denying his talent. Manchester United have been chopping and changing their attacking line quite frequently recently, and it feels as though the manager hasn’t made his mind up fully on the front four. Maybe Adnan can come back, get a good pre-season under his belt and earn his opportunity.
Andreas Pereira (Granada)
Pereira got some chances in the Carling Cup for Manchester United last year and scored a brilliant free-kick against Championship side Ipswich. The attacking midfielder has a history of finding the back of the net with absolute wonder goals for United’s reserves, and this campaign he got his chance with a loan move away.
The Brazilian has become an integral part of Granada’s set up in the La Liga, and he’s certainly growing as a player out in Spain. I’ve no doubts he’ll come back a better player due to that first-team exposure, and hopefully, Jose will take a closer look at him.
Cameron Borthwick-Jackson (Wolves)
Borthwick-Jackson’s situation is an odd one. At one point under Van Gaal, he was the first choice left-back and did an outstanding job there for the most part. A couple of areas of his game that really stood out was his defensive diligence and those deadly crosses into the box.
His loan spell at Wolves has been nothing short of a disaster, and he’s barely played for the Midlands club. The sooner United cut short the loan move, the better. Honestly, Jose doesn’t seem to fancy Luke Shaw at all, so maybe CBJ can get in on the act.