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Manchester United write of £130,000 in player loan fees to help other clubs during coronavirus pandemic

Manchester United have reportedly allowed a trio of clubs to not pay loan fees which would reach a total of £130,000 because of the coronavirus pandemic. United academy players Ethan Hamilton, Kieran O’Hara and Joel Pereira were loaned to Bolton Wanderers, Burton Albion and Hearts of Midlothian during the 2019/20 season.

The trio of players were contracted during the loan spell with fees payable for the deals, due to be paid separately by each club. However, with smaller clubs likely to feel the brunt of the financial effects of the coronavirus pandemic, United have seemingly decided to take the hit, which is admirable in this day and age.

United have been showing many selfless acts during the pandemic with former players who act as ambassadors for the club, have called supporters who were isolated because of the virus, which was a good touch. They have also helped provide food for people who are effectively on the breadline and players have also shown acts of selflessness.

It is stated that United deemed it unfair to make clubs pay the fees that United, with its millions, could absorb themselves, which is a great touch. It makes you wonder how many other clubs would do something similar? It always seems to be clubs like United that the media pick on some being selfish which shows them up when something like this happens.

Pereira, 23, made a total of 25 appearances this season at Hearts, conceding 43 goals and keeping just five clean sheets. It is expected that he could part ways with the club this summer with Dean Henderson’s form putting him ahead in the pecking order. Hamilton, 21, made 30 appearances at Bolton, scoring two goals, assisting two.

O’Hara, 24, made 42 appearances at Burton, conceding 54 goals and keeping 12 clean sheets. Pereira is out of contract at United next summer, meaning he could be sold this summer, when the transfer window opens. O’Hara is out of contract this summer, it is unknown when Hamilton’s contract will expire at the club.

United had many other players out on loan this season, including; Chris Smalling, Alexis Sanchez, Dean Henderson, Marcos Rojo, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, Jacob Carney, Alex Fojticek, George Tanner, Aidan Barlow and Max Tanner. It is unknown what United will do with the fees owed to the club for these loan spells.

United should perhaps allow the smaller club to get away with the fees incurred because of the loan periods, however, the more high-profile players, such as Sanchez, Smalling and Rojo, the fees should not be waived as these bigger clubs should be able to afford the monies that have previously agreed to pay the club.

United should keep in mind that their debut has risen, at least in the currency of the United Kingdom, but it remains the same, or close to that in United States dollars. Kindness has a limit and I am sure bigger clubs will pretend to be penniless to get one over United, because they have been kind to smaller clubs. We shall see what happens here.

Manchester United tipped to continue bringing in youth talent with Bolton prodigy

Manchester United are in pole position to sign Bolton Wanderers 16-year-old prodigy Max Broughton according to The Sun. Nicky Butt’s side have made some good reinforcements ahead of the new season along with other players coming into the U18’s from the lower age groups. It should see some of the talented U18 players boost the strength of the U23 squad this coming season, a squad which was depleted over the past season playing without an out-and-out striker on the pitch. Broughton is also being tracked by Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City after impressing at Bolton and at youth level for England, which suggests the player has the talent to succeed in the game.

The report in the newspaper suggests that United have made significant progress in the signing of the 16-year-old who is now nearing a move to the Old Trafford club which is partly due to the working relationship of the newly promote Championship club and Manchester United which could maybe see some of the talented U23 players head out on loan to the club this season which will be great for their progress. The owner of Bolton, Ken Anderson and his son Lee Anderson are former agents in the game and have a close relationship with some of the hierarchy at Old Trafford, which is one of the reasons for the deal, which could well see the Championship club gain with a loan spell of two, which as I said would be good for players development.

The fee is reported to be £1 million plus add-ons for Broughton, which is a large fee for a 16-year-old if you compare it to the compensation payment Manchester United received when Paul Pogba left for Juventus five years ago. Broughton may well be a player who will rise through the U18’s, into the U23’s and possibly into the first team in a few years, providing he does actually sign for United and continues in his progress. Butt has seemingly been playing catch up over the last season or so, betting United’s Academy back on the straight and narrow solving the problem the U18’s faced the season before last when they lost twelve league matches in a row, also losing coach Paul McGuinness, later replaced by Kieran McKenna.

Already this summer Butt has signed talented 16-year-old’s including Paris Saint-Germain Aliou Badara Traore, Charlton starlet Largie Ramazani, Spanish whizkid Arnau Puigmal, Former Chelsea youth player Di’Shon Bernard and Northern Ireland youth international Ethan Galbraith, which is a pretty good intake this summer alone, not to mention the players coming into the group with Manchester-born duo D’Mani Bughail-Mellor and Brandon Williams, fellow English players James Garner, Ethan Laird, Dion McGhee and James Thompson and U17 Wales international Dylan Levitt. United have also taken on Jacob Carney as an Academy student. The Academy seems to be in good hands with Nicky Butt as in a full season, changes have been made for the better.

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