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Dylan Levitt: A Critical Season Lies Ahead

Manchester United fans who follow the Academy have been hearing about midfielder Dylan Levitt and the talent the midfielder has for many years, with his name being pushed into the spotlight after his debut in November 2019 in the Europa League, having only just turned 19. The Welsh midfielder went from strength to strength, finishing the 2019/20 Premier League 2 campaign with 12 Appearances, three goals and four assists. This solid display led to United wanting to send Levitt on loan, to gain crucial experience in tough leagues and to get minutes under his belt. 

The first loan United sent Levitt on was to Charlton Athletic in League One, under manager Lee Bowyer. This looked to many United fans to be the perfect fit for a player like Levitt, With United stating; “The club continues to prioritise individual development over short-term team results and looks to provide the most challenging and beneficial environment for each player in their Professional Development phase” when announcing the Loan of Levitt on their website.

This implies that the club were under the impression that at Charlton the midfielder would be able to get many minutes under his belt and define his skills, unfortunately this was not the case. In the twenty three games available for Levitt to play in the league for Charlton during his spell, he only started three games, amassing only 206 minutes in League One in total. In seven of those games, Levitt was left out of the squad completely, showing a total lack of interest in the player by the manager, for this reason it is not surprising that Levitt was recalled from his loan in January, as confirmed by the club.

There can be no doubt that this loan spell was a disaster for the young midfielder, with Lee Bowyer confirming that the lack of playing time was not down to anything Levitt had done, but due to the fact that ‘the middle of the park is probably our strongest area’, as reported by Manchester Evening News. This period at Charlton worryingly stalled Levitt’s development as a player due to lack of playing time, it was likely concerns over his development that led to the club sending Levitt to a rather unorthodox club as his next loan, in a bid to gain priceless experience.

In February of 2021, after the domestic transfer window had closed, United loaned Levitt to Croatian club NK Istra, as reported by BBC Sport. According to BBC Sport, this late push for playing time was in order for Levitt to secure a place in Wales Euro 2020 squad, worried that the lack of playing time at Charlton had ruined his chances. However, much like with Charlton, playing time was as much of an issue in Croatia, with Levitt only amassing 405 minutes across all competitions for the Croatian outfit, scoring no goals and making no assists in that time. 

The Welsh international only started two games in the league, again showing a lack of faith from the manager, with this in mind it is safe to say that during the 2020/21 season, both of Dylan Levitt’s loan spells did not provide the developmental experience both himself and the club were after. 

The only clear positive to come from the 2020/21 season for Levitt was his involvement in the Welsh National team, even after a lack of playing time during the season, the midfielder was still selected for the Welsh squad for Euro 2020. Levitt made a substitute appearance during the tournament, and while his appearance was short, the experience gained from a tournament of that magnitude can be invaluable to a young player like Levitt. The fact he was still being selected after poor loan spells shows a level of trust in the young player from his country that is extremely promising and that his obvious talent is valued there. 

The reason why the 2021/22 season is critical for Levitt is because this season he can either stall further and fall behind players who are currently developing at the same rate as him, or he can push on and gain valuable experience that could lead to him being in United’s first team squad come next season. United recently announced that Levitt has been sent on loan to Dundee United in the Scottish Premiership, this is a great opportunity for Levitt to grow as a player in a league that is notoriously tough and to gain experience. 

This move is similar to how James Garner gained much needed experience in a loan spell to Nottingham Forest in the 2020/21 season, and recently joined them on loan again to further develop his skills in a league that is much more demanding that the Premier League 2 that Levitt and Garner would otherwise be playing in. 

Tahith Chong is a player who, similarly to Levitt, struggled for playing time in two different loan spells away from United last season at Werder Bremen and Club Brugge, but has this season joined Birmingham City on loan and has hit the ground running for them, already putting in Man of the Match winning performances for the Championship side. This shows that Levitt can put the disappointment of last season behind him and kick on with his football this season and prove his ability in a tough league. 

United fans have seen glimpses of the midfielder’s potential for many years, and this season, it is crucial for Levitt’s development and future as a United player, that he shows his class as a player and makes the most of an exciting loan opportunity. There is no doubt that this season is critical for Levitt, and fans are desperate to see him succeed. 

Written by Jennifer McCord

Six academy players who will become valuable squad players at Manchester United

Manchester United have a history of developing players through their academy, whether the players end up reaching the first team of the club or end up playing their football somewhere else. This is part of the clubs DNA and is something that is seen by many as special. When United faced Villarreal in the UEFA Europa League final in Gdañsk on the 26 May 2021, it was the 4,097th match in a row that had at least one academy player in the squad which has been running since October 1937 and United are very proud of that fact. Not every academy player will make it at United but they do tend to carve careers in the game elsewhere. Some supports do not understand the role of the academy at the club and assume that English players with no skill are a waste of time – if only they understood the rules and regulations of the English game.

This article talks about six academy players who will become valuable squad players in the not too distant future, although some of them may head out of the club on loan this summer in a bid to gain experience in firs team football ahead of coming back to the club to find their feet and push themselves into the first team with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer keen to find the road to glory in a similar fashion as Sir Alex Ferguson. United have so many talented youngsters at the club, some of whom have not yet represented the first team. Not all the players mentioned have played for the first team yet but have been involved in matches, albeit on the bench, which will have given them the understanding of the process. All have played first team football though, with the player being loaned out to give them experience to succeed.

Will Fish – Central Defender

The 18-year-old can play in either of the central defensive positions and seems to be highly rated by United, at least in the academy sense. His contract runs until the summer of 2022, so the 2021/22 season will be a big one for him. I would expect United to offer him a new contract this summer though, so they are not in a position whereby he could leave the club on a free next summer. He made his first team debut in the final Premier League match of the season with United beating Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-1 on the final day of the season. He replaced Daniel James in the final minute of the match. Fish made a total of 31 appearances throughout the 2020/21 season, 30 of those at academy level, scoring one goal and two assists. At just over six foot, Fish could give something to this United squad in the future, especially with the problems in the defence currently.

Depending on what happens at United this summer, regarding a new central defender and the likes of Eric Bailly and Phil Jones, who have been linked with exits, despite Bailly’s contract renewal, it could leave some space in the first team for a central defender. Obviously, Fish would play predominantly in the U23 side during the course of the season but could be given chances in the first team in the Carabao Cup and the Emirates FA Cup. It would seem unlikely that he may get UEFA Champions League experience, but it all depends on the teams that will face United in the group. There is also a chance for him to be loaned out to a Football League club, which might be good for him and help him find his feet for the future. He is a player that should remain at United, as long as he continues to develop in the right way.

Teden Mengi – Central Defender

The 19-year-old is also considered as a highly rated player at the club and was loaned out to Wayne Rooney’s Derby Country for the second half of last season, which will have been a good experience for the player. His current contract at United ends in the summer of 2024, which gives United a lot more time to find a plan for him as it seems certain that he is being developed to play for United’s first team at some stage in the not too distant future. It is possible that he leaves on loan again during the 2021/22 season with Derby an option but there may be a better plan for the player to be loaned out to a Premier League club, which will bring him up to speed with the pace in the league, which would be much better for United from the 2022/23 season. Mengi can play in either of the two central defensive positions, also fitting in as a makeshift right-back.

Standing at six feet, Mengi has the frame to offer something in the centre of defence for United and he has a physical build, which will only become better as he ages, which is also a good sign. Mengi made seven appearances in the Premier League 2 and and three appearances in the Papa John’s Trophy for United last season. He also appeared on the bench for the first team in the Carabao Cup. He was loaned to Derby during the January transfer window and made nine appearances in the Championship for the club. He did not score or assist any goals for either team but had a pretty positive season. He was often praised by Rooney and his Derby teammates and Solskjaer seems keen on helping hims develop so he can regularly feature for the first team in the not too distant future. His season was ended with a hamstring injury back in April.

Dylan Levitt – Central Midfield

The 20-year-old is a talent that most United supporters will have knowledge of as he has been present in the U23 and the first team for quote a few seasons now, making his only first team appearance in the UEFA Europa League against FC Astana in the 2019/20 season. His contract at United ends in the summer of 2022, so this summer should see United offer him a new contract, beneficial for his progress at the club and whilst out on loan. This will be a big summer for his as he was selected in Wales’ Euro 2020 squad, with the competition delayed from last summer because of the coronavirus pandemic. Levitt started the 2020/21 season on loan at League One club Charlton Athletic but ended the season at Croatian club, NK Istra 1961. It was a mainly positive season for the Welsh midfielder with a lot more to come from him.

Levitt started the season with two appearances in the Premier League 2 with United, then finding himself on loan at Charlton, where he made a total of five appearances in League One, the Carabao Cup and the Emirates FA Cup. It was not good enough that he was seldom used so United recalled him from his loan spell and sought to loan him out to another club, which turned out to be NK Istra. He made a total of seven appearances in the 1.HNL and two appearances in the Hrvatski Nogometni Kup. Levitt has since confirmed that he made the move to Croatia to give him a better chance of being selected by Wales for the Euro’s this summer, which he though gave him a better chance than playing U23 football. The 2021/22 season could see him loaned out again, maybe to a Championship or a Premier League club, which will help him develop even more.

Hannibal Mejbri – Attacking Midfield

The 18-year-old is perhaps the most rated player in this article and the majority of United supporters will hold some interest in the player. When he signed from AS Monaco in the summer of 2019, he stated that he wanted to play for the United first team within two years, which he achieved on the final day of the Premier League season when United beat Wolves 2-1. Hannibal replaced Juan Mata in the 82nd minute of the match, doing well on his debut. His contract at United does not expire until the summer of 2026, so United have loads of time to get him up to the speed desired for him to become a first team regular at the club, he did renew his contract earlier this year. Hannibal made a total of 26 appearances for United this season, 25 of those at youth level. He did not end his season too highly at U23 level, finding himself send off to retaliating to a series of bad tackles.

During the course of the season, Hannibal had seen himself on the receiving end of many bad tackles by the opposition, many of which went unpunished with the player seething. In total, over the course of the season, Hannibal scored five goals and ten assists playing in the Premier League 2 and the Papa John’s Trophy. The coaches at the club will have seen a lot of ability from the youngster, who recently made his debut for Tunisia at international level, previously representing France at both U16 and U17 level. It seems clear that U23 football is a low level for Hannibal and it is too soon for him break into the first team consistently so a loan spell away from the club during the 2021/22 season would be the best option for him, as long as guarantees are made for the player regarding game time and the fact that he is still wanted at United and this is just for experience.

Shola Shoretire – Winger/Attacking Midfielder

The 17-year-old has seemingly found his feet at United and was rewarded towards the end of the 2020/21 season with some first team appearances after his good form at U23 level during the course of the season. He signed his first professional contract at United back in February. He will probably be offered a new contract soon after his 18th birthday. The player has been at the Old Trafford club since he was nine, so will be seeking to get as far as he can at the club, coming so far already. It is expected that he will be considered a first team player ahead of the 2021/22 season with with Euro 2020 playing out this summer, after being postponed last summer, the pre-season campaign will probably consist of many youth players and fringe players being part of the squad with a bit to regaining fitness ahead of the 2021/22 season.

During the course of the season, Shoretire made a total of 27 appearances, two of which came in the Premier League and one in the UEFA Europa League – the rest were made at youth level, playing in the Premier League 2, the Papa John’s Trophy and the FA Youth Cup. He scored 10 goals and five assists throughout the season, which is a great achievement for the player, which is one of the reasons why he was assed to the first team towards the end of the season at a time where Anthony Martial and Edinson Cavani were injured and Marcus Rashford was carrying an injury, resulting in Solskjaer strengthening his attacking line. Shoretire could well be involved in an around the first team during the 2021/22 season or he could be loaned out in search of first team experience, which would also be good for him in the long run.

Anthony Elanga – Winger/Centre Forward

The 19-year-old is perhaps the player that has made the biggest impact recently for United. He signed a new long-term contract at United back in March, at the same time as Hannibal, although the length of the contract is not yet publicised. He was added to the first team for the UEFA Europa League pursuit this season with Martial out of action and Cavani struggling at times with injury, which will have been an achievement for him. He was recently called up for Sweden’s U21 squad, playing two matches and scoring in each of them over the past week or so, which will give him immense pride and give him the burning fires of passion to achieve at United. He made his Premier League debut this season too, starting against Leicester City and Wolves, scoring against the latter.

During the course of the 2020/21 season, Elanga made a total of 22 appearances, scoring 12 goals and four assists. Two appearances and one of the goals were for the first team and despite not actually playing in the Europa League this season, he gave United and Solskjaer further options in attack. It is early days for the player this summer but the general consensus is that he will compliment the attacking ranks at the club next season, unless purchases this summer will limit that. He won’t be happy playing U23 football, so if his first team appearances will be limited, a spell away from the club on loan might be an option. He can play on both wings and as a centre forward, so he has a lot more to offer, especially in the fact that United have Cavani, Martial Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood as strikers, with two of those often playing wide positions.

Written by John Walker

Loan Watch: Dalot scores goal and assist, Garner and Levitt frustration, debuts for Pereira and Bernard

Manchester United have twelve players on loan so far during the 2020/21 season; Tahith Chong, 20, at Werder Bremen, Matej Kovar, 20 at Swindon Town, Dylan Levitt, 19, at Charlton Athletic, Joel Pereira, 24, at Huddersfield Town, Aliou Traore, 19, at Stade Malherbe Caen, James Garner, 19, at Watford, Andreas Pereira, 24, at Lazio, Diogo Dalot, 21, at AC Milan, Max Taylor, 20, at Kidderminster Harriers, Di’Shon Bernard, 20, at Salford City, Max Haygarth, 18, at Brentford B and Jacob Carney, 19, at Brighouse Town. Many of the players on loan will be seeking to impress their loan clubs and United, seeking to find a way into first team football as soon as they can.

Tahith Chong

Last Match: Werder Bremen 1-1 TSG 1899 Hoffenheim – Bundesliga

Tahith Chong, 20, came off the bench in the 87th minute, replacing the injured Yuya Osako in the 1-1 draw with Hoffenheim on Sunday. Chong has not really had many minutes so far this season, starting just one match this season, which was the 4-1 defeat to Hertha Berlin in the Bundesliga, coming off the bench four times. Chong has played a total of 128 minutes of football this season, playing in the Bundesliga and the DFB-Pokal. He has scored one competitive goal in the German Cup competition and probably needs to so a lot more to get back in contention to start matches, which does not look good for him at this stage of the season.

Next Match: Eintracht Frankfurt (A) – 31 October – Bundesliga

Matej Kovar

Last Match: Northampton Town 2-1 Swindon Town – League One

Matej Kovar, 20, played another 90 minutes on Tuesday evening in the 2-1 defeat to Northampton Town in League One. Kovar saw himself conceded a further two goals for the club this season, conceding a total of 19 goals fo far this season. He will be hoping that the visit to the Kassam Stadium on Oxford this weekend will deliver an upturn in the clubs form. Swindon’s next two matches against Oxford United at the Kassam Stadium and Accrington Stanley at the County Ground were suspended following recent positive COVID-19 tests at the club with players and staff needing to self isolate as per the EFL and Government guidance.

Next Match: Hull City (H) – 31 October – League One

Dylan Levitt

Last Match: Charlton Athletic 2-0 Oxford United – League One

Dylan Levitt, 19, was an unused substitute in the 1-0 victory over Blackbool in League One on Tuesday evening. Both teams were reduced to ten-men in the match with Blackpool’s James Husband sent off in the second minute and Charlton’s Ben Purrington sent off for a second bookable offence in the 39th minute of the match. Levitt then started in the 2-0 victory over Northampton Town last Saturday but was taken off at half time with Darren Prattley, who replaced Levitt scoring the opening goal of the match. Levitt was then an unused substitute in the 2-0 victory over Oxford United, a match in which Ryan Inniss was send off in the 66th minute.

Next Match: Portsmouth (A) – 31 October – League One

Joel Pereira

Last Match: Huddersfield Town 0-0 Preston North End – Championship

Joel Pereira, 24, was once again an unused substitute in the 1-0 home victory over Derby County in the Championship last Tuesday evening, the 2-1 defeat to Preston North End in the Championship on Saturday and the 2-1 defeat to Birmingham City in the Championship on Wednesday evening. It does not seem like the player is going to get many opportunities at Huddersfield this season, having been on the bench for the last nine matches without a hint of action. It really does not look good for Pereira this season, especially with the expire of his contract at United coming at the end of the 2020/21 season. It seems unlikely that United will extend.

Next Match: Millwall (A) – 31 October – Championship

Aliou Traore

Last Match: Stade Malherbe Caen 1-0 En Avant de Guingamp – Ligue 2

Aliou Traore, 19, came off the bench for Caen in their 1-0 victory over Guingamp on Saturday. He has spent the past six weeks out go action through illness, playing for the youth team earlier this month. Traore came off the bench in the 71st minute of the match, replacing Kelian Nsona. The winner came in the 90th minute through substitute Jessy Deminguet, who had been on the pitch for four minutes, assisted by Yoann Court. Traore will be seeking to get back into a starting position for his club, starting with this weekend’s clash with Paris FC, which could help him work out where his career is going to go from the end of the season.

Next Match: Paris FC (A) – 31 October – Ligue 2

James Garner

Last Match: Wycombe Wanderers 1-1 Watford – Championship

James Garner, 19, started in the 1-1 draw with Bournemouth in the Championship on Saturday but was substituted by Étienne Capoue at the start of the second half after a mixed half for Watford. Stipe Perica, assisted by Ismaïla Sarr opened the scoring in the 12th minute of the match with Bournemouth equalising in added time. Garner then came off the bench, replacing Tom Cleverley at the death in the 1-1 draw with Wycombe Wanderers on Tuesday evening. Sarr opened the scoring in the 52nd minute of the match with Wycombe equalising 14 minutes later. It has been a tough week for Garner, who could be looking to start against Barnsley.

Next Match: Barnsley (A) – 31 October – Championship

Andreas Pereira

Last Match: Clube Brugge KV 1-1 Lazio – UEFA Champions League

Andreas Pereira, 24, missed the 3-1 UEFA Champions League victory over Borussia Dortmund through injury last Tuesday evening. Pereira then made his debut, from the bench, replacing Luis Alberto at the start of the second half in the 2-1 victory over Bologna. Alberto scored the opening goal in the 54th minute with Ciro Immobile doubling the lead in the 76th minute. Lorenzo De Silvestri scored a consolation in added time. Pereira then made his Champions League debut for Lazio replacing the injured Patric in the 46th minute of the 1-1 draw with Brugge. Lazio opened the scoring in the 14th minute through Joaquín Correa with Brugge equalising in the 42nd.

Next Match: Torino (A) – 1 November – Serie A

Diogo Dalot

Last Match: AC Milan 3-0 Sparta Prague – UEFA Europa League

Diogo Dalot, 21, made his Milan debut last week in a 3-1 victory over Celtic in the Europa League. The 21-year-old started in the competition in his favoured right back position. Dalot played 90 minutes in the victory. He was then an unused substitute in the 3-3 draw with AS Roma in the Serie A. On Thursday evening, Dalot started for Milan in the left-back position in the Europa League against Sparta Prague. Milan won the match 3-0 – it could have been 4-0 had Zlatan Ibrahimovic converted a penalty. Dalot assisted for Rafael Leão’s goal, putting Milan 2-0 up in the 57th minute, scoring a goal himself in the 67th minute of the match to complete the victory.

Next Match: Udinese (A) – 1 November – Serie A

Max Taylor

Last Match: Chorley 0-2 Kidderminster Harriers – National League North

Max Taylor, 20, played 90 minutes in the 2-0 victory over Chorley in the National League North. The defender will be seeking to get his playing career back to full speed after beating testicular cancer last year following nine weeks of chemotherapy. He was given a one-year contract extension at United which will expire at the end of the season but was loaned to Kidderminster until January, giving him first team experience which could allow him to find full fitness and form ahead of returning to United’s U23s, which could in turn see him offered a longer contract at the Old Trafford club. His mettle was tested with cancer so has what it takes to succeed.

Next Match: Blyth Spartans (H) – 31 October – National League North

Di’Shon Bernard

Last Match: Salford City 1-1 Crawley Town – League Two

Di’Shon Bernard, 20, played no involvement in Salford’s 3-0 home victory over Southend United on Tuesday evening. Former United forward James Wilson scored the second goal of the evening for Paul Scholes’ side. He made his debut in the 1-1 draw with Crawley Town, replacing Oscar Threlkeld in the 62nd minute of the match. Former United player James Wilson put Salford ahead five minutes before Bernard was brought on but Crawley equalised in the 72nd minute through George Francomb. Bernard will be seeking to be involved in the clash with Oldham, which was the club that Scholes first managed.

Next Match: Oldham Athletic (A) – 31 October – League Two

Max Haygarth

Last Match: Hendon FC 2-6 Brentford B – London Senior Cup

Max Haygarth, 18, made his debut in the second round of the London Senior Cup in the 6-2 victory over Hendon FC on Tuesday evening at Silver Jubilee Park. Haygarth started the match on the bench and replaced Alex Gilbert in the 78th minute of the match, playing for the remaining twelve minutes of the victory. The 18-year-old will be seeking to play to a good level this season, after his debut with Brentford B, possible taking his experience back to United at the end of his loan spell with the club to hopefully propel himself into regular appearances at the U23 level, seeking to impress his manager and coaches at the club.

Next Match: Aldershot Town (H) – 30 October – Friendly

Jacob Carney

Last Match: Brighouse Town 2-0 Pontefract Collieries – NPL Division One NW

Jacob Carney, 19, made his second start for Brighouse Town on Tuesday evening in their 1-0 defeat to Pickering Town. Carney was named the Man of the Match in the defeat, which is good for the 19-year-old who will be seeking to further his career as a goalkeeper whilst on loan with the club. Carney started the 2-0 victory over Pontefract Collieries in the Northern Premier League Division One. It will be good for him to play first team football at this level, which might be seen as below the standard of U23 football at United, but will help him find his feet in the future, whether his career continues at United or beyond.

Next Match: Buxton FC (H) – 31 October – FA Trophy

Written by John Walker

Loan Watch: Bernard, Haygarth and Carney loaned out – plus see how Chong, Garner, Kovar and Taylor did

Manchester United have twelve players on loan so far during the 2020/21 season; Tahith Chong, 20, at Werder Bremen, Matej Kovar, 20 at Swindon Town, Dylan Levitt, 19, at Charlton Athletic, Joel Pereira, 24, at Huddersfield Town, Aliou Traore, 19, at Stade Malherbe Caen, James Garner, 19, at Watford, Andreas Pereira, 24, at Lazio, Diogo Dalot, 21, at AC Milan, Max Taylor, 20, at Kidderminster Harriers, Di’Shon Bernard, 20, at Salford City, Max Haygarth, 18, at Brentford B and Jacob Carney, 19, at Brighouse Town. Many of the players on loan will be seeking to impress their loan clubs and United, seeking to find a way into first team football as soon as they can.

Tahith Chong

Last Match: SC Freiburg 1-1 Werder Bremen – Bundesliga

Tahith Chong, 20, was an unused substitute in the 1-1 draw to Frieburg on Saturday. The home side took the lead through Philipp Lienhart, assisted by Lucas Höler in the 15th minute of the match. The lead was short-lived with Bremen equalising through Niclas Füllkrug, assisted by Leonardo Bittencourt just ten minutes later. Chong has played just 125 minutes for Bremen so far this season and I get the impression that he will need to do a lot more to get himself into the starting XI on a more consistent basis. Granted, he’s only 20 and has just moved to a different country but I feel that he should be doing more as the bar at United is going to be very high.

Next Match: TSG 1899 Hoffenheim (H) – 25 October – Bundesliga

Matej Kovar

Last Match: Swindon Town 0-2 Sunderland – League One

Matej Kovar, 20, started once against for his loan club in their League One match against Sunderland at the County Ground on Saturday. Charlie Wyke opened the scoring in the 35th minute of the match and the second goal coming from the penalty spot with Chris Maguire converting in the 57th minute of the match. It does not look like it is going to be a good season for Kovar at Swindon with him conceding 17 goals in the matches he has played in this season. Swindon had five defenders on the pitch against Sunderland and still could not find and strength. Hopefully, this will not affect the confidence of the goalkeeper, who has a positive career ahead.

Next Match: Northampton Town (A) – 20 October – League One

Dylan Levitt

Last Match: Charlton Athletic 1-0 Wigan Athletic – League One

Dylan Levitt, 19, was an unused substitute against Wigan Athletic in League One on Saturday afternoon. Jake Forster-Caskey scored the only goal of the game ion the 65th minute of the match from 30-yards, from the free-kick, sneaking it in off the post to take the lead. Levitt has played 251 minutes for Charlton so far this season, playing in the Carabao Cup and the league, seeking more first team football to aid his career. Already a regular starter for Wales under Ryan Giggs, the 19-year-old clearly has something in his locker which could aid him during his career, whether at United or elsewhere, which would be a shame if so.

Next Match: Blackpool (A) – 20 October – League One

Joel Pereira

Last Match: Swansea City 1-2 Huddersfield Town – Championship

Joel Pereira, 24, was an unused substitute once again in the 2-1 victory over Swansea City in the Championship on Saturday afternoon at the Liberty Stadium. Huddersfield took the lead in the 23rd minute of that match through Harry Toffolo, assisted by Juninho Bacuna. The the home side equalised through André Ayew from the penalty spot in the 33rd minute of the match. The away side scored the winner in the 67th minute through Josh Koroma, assisted by Richard Stearman. In the six matches that have been played so far this season, Pereira has not had a look in once and it would seem that this would be likely to continue throughout the season.

Next Match: Derby County (H) – 17 October – Championship

Aliou Traore

Last Match: Chamois Niort 3-0 Stade Malherbe Caen – Ligue 2

Aliou Traore, 19, was once again not involved in the 3-0 defeat to Chamois Niort in Ligue 2 on Saturday. Traore was ill a month ago, playing both first team matches against Clermont Foot, a 0-0 draw and against AC Ajacciom a 1-0 victory, playing 34 minutes between the two matches. He also feature three times for the youth team, playing against FC Rouen 1899, a 1-1 draw, FC Versailles, a 1-0 victory – playing 106 minutes of football before illness. On the 10th October, Traore played for the youth team once again, against Vannes, a 0-0 draw, playing 63 minutes of football. He might have a but more to do to break into the first team once more, now he is better.

Next Match: En Avant de Guingamp (H) – 24 October – Ligue 2

James Garner

Last Match: Derby County 0-1 Watford – Championship

James Garner, 19, started on the bench against Derby County at Pride Park on Friday evening in the Championship. After a tough match between the two sides, Watford scored the only goal of the game in the 76th minute of the match through João Pedro, assisted by Ben Wilmot. It looked as if Garner would not feature for his loan club in that match but in the final minute, he replaced Domingos Quina, playing one minute plus stoppage time in the victory. He came up against former United forward Wayne Rooney, who is the captain for Derby, which would have been good for him. However, it would have been better if he played more football.

Next Match: Blackburn Rovers (H) – 21 October – Championship

Andreas Pereira

Last Match: Sampdoria 3-0 Lazio – Serie A

Andreas Pereira, 24, was not involved in the 3-0 defeat to Sampdoria in Serie A on Saturday afternoon. It was the first match he was eligible to play in following his loan spell commencing at the Italian club. It was expected that he would not feature much for United this season, having had no involvement at the club since last season. To break into the Lazio side, he will need to impress, despite the fact the club has beaten just Cagliari this season, drawing against Inter Milan and losing to Sampdoria and Atalanta. He might play more first team football than he would have at United with so many players that offer so much more than him.

Next Match: Borussia Dortmund (H) – 20 October – UEFA Champions League

Diogo Dalot

Last Match: Inter Milan 1-2 AC Milan – Serie A

Diogo Dalot, 21, was an unused substitute in the 20-1 victory over Inter Milan at the San Siro on Saturday in the Serie A. Former United forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored a brace in the 13ht and 16 minutes of the match, his second goal assisted by Rafael Leão. Inter hit back though another former United forward, Romelu Lukaku, assisted by Ivan Perisic in the 29th minute of the match. Dalot will have also seen another United forward, Alexis Sanchez who came on late in the match. Ashley Young was not involved in the match or the reunion. The Portuguese right-back is a future talent by United but his participation might be a minimum in Milan.

Next Match: Celtic (A) – 22 October – UEFA Europa League

Max Taylor

Last Match: Darlington 1-3 Kidderminster Harriers – National League North

Max Taylor, 20, was loaned ot Kidderminster Harriers at the start of October, initially until January. The club have not played since the 10th October as their Vanarama National League North match against Alfreton Town this weekend was postponed. Taylor has made three starts for the club in the 4-2 penalty defeat against Alvechurch in the qualifying round of the Emirates FA Cup, where he was booked, the 2-1 defeat to Chester, where he was also booked and the 3-1 victory over Darlington. Taylor might be better off with first team experience this season which might see him earn the experience to break into United’s first tea, next season, maybe?

Next Match: Chorley (A) – 24 October – National League North

Di’Shon Bernard

Last Match: Port Vale 1-0 Salford City – League Two

Di’Shon Bernard, 20, was loaned to Salford City initially until January before the closer of the domestic transfer window on Friday. Bernard was unable to play against Port Vale in the 1-0 defeat at Vale Park this weekend but will be seeking to get more first team action as soon as he can. The Ammies will be cack in League Two action on Tuesday evening at The Peninsula Stadium, welcoming Southend United where they will be seeking to get back to winning ways after their first league defeat of the season. Bernard will be looking to get his career noticed at first team level as he may be seeking to break into the United squad, which will be tough for him.

Next Match: Southend United (H) – 20 October – League Two

Max Haygarth

Last Match: Aldershot Town 3-2 Brentford B – Friendly

Max Haygarth, 18, was loaned to Brentford B before the closure of the domestic transfer window in Friday. Haygarth could feature for his loan club for the first time on Tuesday when Brentford B tase Hendon FC in the London Senior Cup at the Avenue Park Stadium. The midfielder will be seeking to find himself a regular starting place at the club, which might be tough for him. He will link up with former United academy player Ben Hockenhull, who left the club on the summer. Brentford’s academy was closed at the end of the 2015/16 season, relaunched as Brentford B and the team plays friendly matches against U21 and U23 teams home and abroad.

Next Match: Hendon FC (A) – 20 October – London Senior Cup

Jacob Carney

Last Match: Kendal Town 1-0 Brighouse Town – NPL Division One NW

Jacob Carney, 19, was only signed by Brighouse Town on Friday as the domestic transfer window closed. However, he started against Kendal Town in the NPL Division One NW, conceding the only goal of the match in the 35th minute with Emil Jaaskelainen scoring. It was good to see Carney start in his first match out on loan, with him due to remain at the club until January. It may not be the top level of football but it will be good for him to get some matches under his belt and see what he can do in the future. United have many goalkeepers in the youth ranks, so it will be a challenge to make the grade at United, hence the loan spell to see if he can do more.

Next Match: Pickering Town (A) – 20 October – NPL Division One NW

Written by John Walker

Loan Watch: Dalot signs for Milan, Pereira signs for Lazio, Garner raising his game for Watford

Manchester United have seven players on loan so far during the 2020/21 season; Tahith Chong, 20, at Bundesliga side Werder Bremen, Matej Kovar, 20 at League One side Swindon Town, Dylan Levitt, 19, at League One side Charlton Athletic, Joel Pereira, 24, at Championship side Huddersfield Town, Aliou Traore, 19, at Ligue 2 side Stade Malherbe Caen, James Garner, 19, at Championship side Watford, Andreas Pereira, 24, at Serie A side Lazio and Diogo Dalot, 21, at Serie A side AC Milan. As the summer transfer window comes to a close, there could well be more players loaned out, especially with a domestic window from the 5-16 October.

Tahith Chong

Werder Bremen 1-0 Arminia Bielefeld – Bundesliga

Tahith Chong, 20, came off the bench and played 15 minutes in the 1-0 victory over Arminia Bielefeld in the Bundesliga on Saturday afternoon. Bremen scored through Leonardo Bittencourt in the 27th minute of the match which was assisted by Jean Manuel Mbom. It sees the German side rise to sixth in the Bundesliga this season. So far, Chong has made four appearances for the club, three in the Bundesliga and one in the DFB-Pokal playing a total of 125 minutes of action so far. The 20-year-old will be hoping to play a more regular role this season, scoring more goals to add to the one he scored in the DFB-Pokal against Carl Zeiss Jena.

Next Match: SC Freiburg (A) – 17 October – Bundesliga

Matej Kovar

Peterborough 3-1 Swindon Town – League One

Matej Kovar, 20, started and played 90 minutes in the 3-1 defeat to Peterborough on Saturday. Swindon have won twice in their last four League One matches this season, but still have not picked up any points on the road. Jack Payne opened he scoring for Swindon in the eighth minute of the match but three second half goals ended the good feeling for Swindon after Jonson Clarke-Harris scored a brace in the 48th and 69th minutes, the second from the penalty spot with Ryan Broom concussing the scoring on the 78th minute of the match. Kovar has been unfortunate this season, conceding 14 goals in six appearances so far this season.

Next Match: Exeter City (H) – 6 October – EFL Trophy

Dylan Levitt

Charlton Athletic 0-0 Sunderland – League One

Dylan Levitt, 19, started in the 0-0 draw against Sunderland on Saturday in League One. The 19-year-old was booked in the 58th minute for a foul and seemed to play well for Charlton, who have set their sights on reaching the Premier League in the near future – which might be a stretch. He only played 84 minutes during the match having been replaced by Marcus Maddison. He will be happy with the game time that he has had to far this season and will be seeking to impress his manager for the remainder of the season. If you have seen Levitt play, you will know that he has the talent to succeed and playing in League One will be good for him.

Next Match: Wigan Athletic (H) – 17 October – League One

Joel Pereira

Rotherham 1-1 Huddersfield Town – Championship

Joel Pereira, 24, one again was unused substitute in the 1-1 draw against Rotherham on Saturday in the Championship. The Portuguese goalkeeper had not yet played a single minute for his loan club and looks to be rooted to the bench with Ben Hamer seen as the number one goalkeeper at the club. It makes you wonder if Pereira has any chance of succeeding anywhere or whether each loan spell will continue to be a waste of time for him as he is not playing much football at all. He seemed to be a confident and talented goalkeeper a few years back but nothing seems to be going right for him. He might player after the international break.

Next Match: Swansea City (A) – 17 October – Championship

Aliou Traore

Stade Malherbe Caen 1-0 Amiens – Ligue 2

Aliou Traore, 19, did not feature in the 1-0 Ligue 2 victory over Amiens on Saturday. In recent weeks he has been ill and is expected to still be recovering. He has played in two first team matches the season and two youth league matches, missing the last four matches for the first team. The next match for Caen will be played after the international break so Traore could be well enough to be considered for the first team after the break to the club league season. It is not yet known as to whether the player has a future at United after this season as his desire to play first team football is strong. It could well be that this is the start of a permanent exit for him.

Next Match: Niort (A) – 17 October – Ligue 2

James Garner

Reading 1-0 Watford – Championship

James Garner, 19, made another start for Watford in the 1-0 defeat to Reading at the Madejski Stadium, playing 90 minutes. It was an unfortunate result for Watford with the home side opening the scoring in the 41st minute of the match through record signing George Puscas, assisted by Tom Holmes. Garner ratted the crossbar with a stunning free-kick in the 23rd minute of the match, which looked destined for the back of the net. Garner has the talent to succeed at Watford this season and will be learning a lot playing first team football in the Championship. With the international break, he will be seeking to start again against Derby at Pride Park.

Next Match: Derby County (A) – 16 October – Championship

Andreas Pereira

Lazio 1-1 Inter Milan – Serie A

Andreas Pereira, 24, was signed by Serie A side Lazio late last week and was not involved in the 1-1 draw to Inter Milan on Sunday. Pereira has not played since last season and was not likely to get many matches at United this season based on the players they have in midfield, who are all likelier to feature more than him. It will be his third loan spell away from United and it could well be his last as he’s never really made an impact at the club. After the international break, Pereira will be seeking to break into the starting XI at Lazio and it will be interesting if he does and what position he will play in Italy. It could be the start of something for him.

Next Match: Sampdoria (A) – 17 October – Serie A

Diogo Dalot

AC Milan 3-0 Spezia Calcio – Serie A

Diogo Dalot, 21, was confirmed as an AC Milan player on Sunday as the club beat Spezia Calcio 3-0 in the Serie A. Dalot last played for United against Brighton and Hove Albion in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday evening in a 3-0 victory. Rafael Leão scored a brace in the 57th and 78th minutes of the match with Theo Hernández scoring in the 76th minute of the match to complete the scoring. Milan sit second in the table with nine points in three matches only goal difference between them and league leaders Atalanta. Dalot will be seeking to get some first team experience for the club this season which could commence in their next match – the Milan derby.

Next Match: Inter Milan (A) – 17 October – Serie A

Written by John Walker

Loan Watch: Levitt makes League One debut; Garner continues to show his class at Watford; Kovar tastes victory

Manchester United have just six players on loan so far during the 2020/21 season; Tahith Chong, 20, at Bundesliga side Werder Bremen, Matej Kovar, 20 at League One side Swindon Town, Aliou Traore, 19, at Ligue 2 side Stade Malherbe Caen, Dylan Levitt, 19, at League One side Charlton Athletic, Joel Pereira, 24, at Championship side Huddersfield Town and James Garner, 19, at Championship side Watford. As the summer transfer window comes to a close, there could well be more players loaned out, especially with a domestic window from the 5-16 October.

Tahith Chong

Schalke 04 1-3 Werder Bremen – Bundesliga

Tahith Chong, 20, was on the bench in Werder Bremen’s 3-1 victory over Schalke 04 in the Bundesliga on Saturday. The young Netherland’s international replaced Josh Sargent in the 87th minute of the match with his side 3-0 up at the time with Niclas Füllkrug scoring a hat-trick in the match. Chong’s introduction was a tactical change with the match near enough a victory at the time. However, a late consolation by Schalke’s Mark Uth meant a clean sheet was off the table. Chong has played 111 minutes of football at the club so far this season and might find himself starting next weekend against Arminia Bielefeld in the Bundesliga.

Next Match: Arminia Bielefeld (H) – 3 October – Bundesliga

Matej Kovar

Swindon Town 4-2 Burton Albion – League One

Matej Kovar, 20, started his fifth match for Swindon Town on Saturday as the club returned to winning ways with a 4-2 victory over Burton Albion. Kovar has so far played 450 minutes of first team football for his club, conceding 11 goals with his club scoring 10 goal so far this season. The home victory over Burton saw new signing Jordan Stevens score in the seventh minute on his debut with Brett Pitman doubling the lead in the 31st minute and Mathieu Baudry putting the Robins 3-0 up in the 35th minute. Stephen Quinn scored one for Burton in the 40th minute. Swindon went 4-0 up in the 60th minute through Jonny Smith, seemingly securing the victory for his club with Burton getting a second goal through Lucas Akins in the 77th minute. It will be a good feeling for Kovar and Swindon with their second victory this season, losing three other matches.

Next Match: Peterborough United (A) – 3 October – League One

Aliou Traore

Valenciennes 1-0 Stade Malherbe Caen – Ligue 2

Aliou Traore, 19, once again played no part in Stade Malherbe Caen’s 1-0 defeat to Valenciennes in Ligue 2 on Saturday evening. The player has been missing from the past three matches (including this one) our to illness and it would seen that he has still not recovered. Traore has played two matches for his loan club so far at first team level, making two more appearances for the youth team. His development at United had reached the level whereby the player wanted to play professional level football, rather than feature for the club at U23 level, which is understandable. It is not yet know if the player has a future at United – this season will probably define that.

Next Match: Amiens (H) – 3 October – Ligue 2

Dylan Levitt

Lincoln City 2-0 Charlton Athletic – League One

Dylan Levitt, 19, started against Lincoln City in League One on Sunday afternoon. This was the first League One match Levitt has played a part in, only playing against West Ham United in the Carabao Cup on the 15 September, a 3-0 defeat for Charlton. In the eighth minute of the match, Levitt started to show his quality by digging out a shot on goal from 22-yards, but it was wide of the target. In the 31st minute of the match, Erhun Oztumer floated the ball to the edge of the box from a corner with Levitt waiting, volleying the ball which was deflected wide. Levitt that had another effort from a set-piece, which took a deflection and nearly spun inside the post. In the 77th minute of the match, both Levitt and Oztumer were replaced by Jake Forster-Caskey and Jonny Williams. Lincoln won the match 2-0 scoring in added time at the end of the first half and two minutes from time. The also had a penalty saved by former United goalkeeper, Ben Amos.

Next Match: Brighton U21 (H) – 30 September – Carabao Cup

Joel Pereira

Huddersfield Town 1-0 Nottingham Forest – Championship

Joel Pereira, 24, was once again an unused substitute in Huddersfield Town’s 1-0 victory over Nottingham Forest in the Championship on Friday evening. It was the prefect turnaround for the home side, who have suffered three defeats already this season to Rochdale in the Carabao Cup, Norwich City and Brentford in the Championship. It was hoped that with Ben Hamer’s recent performances that Pereira would be given a chance to try and break into the starting XI but with the victory over Forest, that might not be likely moving forward. It is not looking good for him.

Next Match: Rotherham (A) – 3 October – Championship

James Garner

Watford 1-0 Luton Town – Championship

James Garner, 19, started for the second time for his loan club this week as his club won their local derby against Luton Town in the Championship 1-0. João Pedro scored the only goal of the game in the 35th minute to put Watford back on winning ways after their 3-1 defeat to Newport County in the Carabao Cup earlier in the week; a match which Garner also started in, playing 90 minutes. So far for Watford, the 19-year-old has played 198 minutes of football, added to the 180 that he had played for United, he will be well on his way to achieving match fitness for his loan club. Perhaps he will start against Reading in the Championship next weekend?

Next Match: Reading (A) – 3 October – Championship

Written by John Walker

Loan Watch: Garner makes Watford debut; Chong suffers first big defeat of the season

Manchester United have just six players on loan so far during the 2020/21 season; Tahith Chong, 20, at Bundesliga side Werder Bremen, Matej Kovar, 20 at League One side Swindon Town, Aliou Traore, 19, at Ligue 2 side Stade Malherbe Caen, Dylan Levitt, 19, at League One side Charlton Athletic, Joel Pereira, 24, at Championship side Huddersfield Town and James Garner, 19, at Championship side Watford. As the summer transfer window comes to a close, there could well be more players loaned out, especially with a domestic window from the 5-16 October.

Tahith Chong

Werder Bremen 1-4 Hertha Berlin – Bundesliga

Tahith Chong, 20, started his first Bundesliga match at Werder Bremen ad the strugglers from last season fell to a 4-1 defeat at home to Hertha Berlin. Chong played in the left-wing role but the home side could not really do much to avert the Berliners from going 2-0 up in the first half with goals from Peter Pekarik and Dodi Lukebakio. A third goal was scored in the 62 minute through Matheus Cunha. Chong was replaced by Nick Woltemade in the 63rd minute with Davie Selke scoring a consolation goal six minutes later. Sadly for Werder, Hertha scored a fourth goal through Jhon Córdoba in the 90th minute, seeing the clubs biggest defeat of the season so far.

Next Match: Schalke 04 (A) – 26 September – Bundesliga

Matej Kovar

Blackpool 2-0 Swindon Town – League One

Matej Kovar, 20, continued in goal against League One side Blackpool on Saturday afternoon. Despite doing well against Rochdale last week, Swindon conceded two goals through CJ Hamilton in the 41st and the 47th minutes of the match. Kovar is certainly getting a baptism of fire at Swindon this season and manager Richie Wellens, the father of United academy player, Charlie Wellens, may need to put something into play in order for the club to not concede as many goals. So far this season, Kovar has conceded nine goals in the four matches he has played this season in the EFL Trophy, League One and the Carabao Cup.

Next Match: Burton Albion (H) – 26 September – League One

Aliou Traore

Stade Malherbe Caen 0-0 FC Chambly – Ligue 2

Aliou Traore, 19, has not featured in the last two Caen matches; a 3-0 victory over Rodez and a 0-0 draw this weekend against Chambly, because of illness. The midfielder has featured for the senior team as well as the youth team so far this season, playing in two matches at each level and playing a total of 140 minutes of football. The player was keep to test his ability in professional football this season, which is why he left United on loan. As a box-to-box midfielder, it could be very difficult for him but after a season of playing regularly, if that is what happens for him, he could force himself into the picture for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer next summer, providing he continues his development. It may not seem likely though given he quality already in United’s academy pushing for first team places.

Next Match: Valenciennes (A) – 26 September – Ligue 2

Dylan Levitt

Charlton Athletic 1-3 Doncaster Rovers – League One

Dylan Levitt, 19, was an unused substitute in Charlton’s 3-1 defeat to Doncaster Rovers in League One on Saturday afternoon – one of the league matches which was allowed to host up to 1,000 home supporters as the league bids to bring supporters back into the game. Madger Gomes put Rovers 1-0 up in the 25th minute with Charlie Barker scoring an own goal to put the away side 2-0 up in the 49th minute. In the 63rd minute, Rovers scored their third goal of the game through Tyreece John-Jules with Ben Whiteman grabbing the assists for the last two goals. Charlton scored a late consolation in the 67th minute through Conor Washington, assisted by Jake Forster-Caskey. Levitt played 90 minutes in the 3-0 Carabao Cup defeat to West Ham United during the week and could feature against Lincoln next weekend.

Next Match: Lincoln City (A) – 27 September – League One

Joel Pereira

Brentford 3-0 Huddersfield Town – Championship

Joel Pereira, 24, was an unused substitute in Huddersfield Town’s 3-0 defeat to Brentford in the Championship on Saturday. The Portuguese goalkeeper has yet to feature for his loan club this season, sitting on the bench for the defeats against Rochdale (Carabao Cup), Norwich City and Brentford (Championship). Huddersfield manager Danny Cowley might have seen enough of Ben Hamer for the time being, who has conceded five goals in three matches with the club only beating Bradford City, which was a friendly match. Pereira could make his debut against Forest on Friday evening, if Cowley feels a change of goalkeeper might be a change of fortunes for the club this season.

Next Match: Nottingham Forest (H) – 25 September – Championship

James Garner

Sheffield United 0-0 Watford – Championship

James Garner, 19, was loaned out to Watford late last week after playing twice for United’s U23 side this season in which his side beat Salford City 6-0 in the EFL Trophy with the midfielder getting two assists, also losing in the Premier League 2 to Leicester City. Garner was probably not expected to make his Watford debut this weekend in the 0-0 draw to Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough but he replaced Domingos Quina in the 72nd minute of the match and was booked in the 88th minute of the stalemate. Watford face Newport County in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday evening which could see Garner make his first start with Watford seeking another win in the competition and to continue their unbeaten start to the season.

Next Match: Newport County (A) – 22 September – Carabao Cup

Written by John Walker

Loan Watch: Tahith Chong scored on his debut, Matej Kovar did well for Swindon

Manchester United have just five players on loan so far during the 2020/21 season; Tahith Chong, 20, at Bundesliga side Werder Bremen, Matej Kovar, 20 at League One side Swindon Town, Aliou Traore, 19, at Ligue 2 side Stade Malherbe Caen, Dylan Levitt, 19, at League One side Charlton Athletic, and Joel Pereira, 24, at Championship side Huddersfield Town. As the summer transfer window comes to a close, there could well be more players loaned out, especially with a domestic window from the 5-16 October.

Tahith Chong

Carl Zeiss Jena 0-2 Werder Bremen – DFB-Pokal

Tahith Chong, 20, was loaned out to Bundesliga side Werder Bremen for the entire 2020/21 season. He has played for the club in pre-season friendlies and scored a few goals for the club already. The Netherlands U21 international started on the bench in the German clubs DFB-Pokal clash with Carl Zeiss Jena. The 20-year-old replaced Yuya Osaka during the half time break and played the rest of the match. Josh Sargent scored the first goal of the game in the 49th minute with Chong scoring on his debut in the 88th minute, assisted by Maximilian Eggestein winning the game with a 2-0 scoreline and earning a place in the second round of the competition.

Next Match: Hertha Berlin (H) – 19 September – Bundesliga

Matej Kovar

Swindon Town 3-1 Rochdale – League One

Matej Kovar, 20, was loaned to League One side Swindon Town for the 2020/21 season. He has already made two appearances before this weekend in a 3-1 defeat to Charlton Athletic in the Carabao Cup and a 3-2 defeat to West Bromwich Albion U21 in the EFL Trophy, conceding six goals in the two matches. Kovar started against Rochdale in the first League One match of the season, against played at the County Ground. Swindon were 3-0 up heading into added time and Kovar had kept a clean sheet until then until Rochdale scored a late consolation three minutes into added time. It will be a confidence boost for the player, who had conceded six goals in his first two competitive matches of the 2020/21 season.

Next Match: Blackpool (A) – 19 September – League One

Aliou Traore

Rodez 0-3 Stade Malherbe Caen – Ligue 2

Aliou Traore, 19, did not feature this weekend for Stade Malherbe Caen. He has featured four times already this season, twice in Ligue 2; the 0-0 draw against Clermont Foot and the 1-0 victory over AC Ajaccio. He has also featured for Caen’s B side which plays in the Championnat National league; playing in the 1-1 draw with FC Rouen 1899 and the 1-0 victory over FC Versailles. In the coming weeks, it will be good to see the 19-year-old midfielder get more game time, whether playing for Caen’s first team or their B team. He will learn a lot more playing on the continent, which will be great for the player’s development whether he ends up being retained by United or released next summer.

Next Match: Chambly (H) – 19 September – Ligue 2

Dylan Levitt

Crewe Alexandra 0-2 Charlton Athletic – League One

Dylan Levitt, 19, was loaned to League One side Charlton Athletic for the 2020/21 season, managed by Lee Bowyer, a former player that Nicky Butt, the head of first team development at United played with at Newcastle United. Levitt was probably not expected to start the clubs first game of the season, seeing his loan spell start on the 8 September, just days before the first match of the season. Levitt was on the bench and became an unused substitute in the 2-0 away victory over Crewe Alexandra. Charlton will face West Ham United in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday, so he might play a part in that match, hopefully.

Next Match: West Ham United (A) – 15 September – Carabao Cup

Joel Pereira

Huddersfield Town 0-1 Norwich City – Championship

Joel Pereira, 24, was loaned to Championship side Huddersfield Town doe the 2020/21 season. Pereira has been involved in two matches for his loan club but has not actually played for Huddersfield, remaining on the bench in both matches. The first match was 1-0 home defeat to Rochdale in the Carabao Cup with this weekend’s match a 1-0 home defeat to Norwich City in the Championship, fresh from their relegation from the Premier League last season. Pereira will need to impress his manager this season to get some minutes on the board as his contract at United will expire at the end of this season and this is his sixth loan spell away from United.

Next Match: Brentford (A) – 19 September – Championship

Written by John Walker

Dylan Levitt is off to Charlton Athletic with the advice of Ryan Giggs

Manchester United academy midfielder Dylan Levitt looks set to sign for League One club Charlton Athletic on loan for the 2020/21 season. The 19-year-old was given his first Wales start last week in a 1-0 UEFA Nations League victory over Finland, playing 90 minutes in a match which United teammate Daniel James got the equaliser for the only goal of the game. Levitt was an unused substitute in the 1-0 victory over Bulgaria on Sunday. I looks like the Welshman has a good career ahead of him.

United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer holds some faith in the teenager after giving him his United debut last season in a UEFA Europa League group stage match against FC Astana in Kazakhstan in which United lost the match with a 2-1 scoreline. Charlton Athletic were relegated from the Championship during the 2019/20 season and manager Lee Bowyer, who was a former teammate of United’s head of first team development Nicky Butt at Newcastle United, sought to add some energy into his midfield.

Former United winger and current Wales manager Ryan Giggs rates Levitt highly, giving him his first start for Wales last week and always speaking positively of the player. With the midfield pretty ,much stacked at United, loaning the 19-year-old out this season will be the best way to give him some experience. Giggs is happy with his passing from a deep lying midfield role, which could be something he perfects in League One this season. Giggs, previously told the official Manchester United website:

“When Dylan was in the squad, we had must-win games so I couldn’t really throw him in and put him in that pressure cooker. But, in training, he’s one of the best. He’s my kind of player – a good character, quiet but tough, and he’s one that I’ll be taking a big look at over the next year or so.

“I want him to develop and if he does and, if he plays more games, then he’ll definitely be in the reckoning. He’s a really intelligent player with a good range of passing and he stands out in training in every session. As I said, it’s just a shame that I couldn’t get him on the pitch.”

During the 2019/20 season, Levitt had become a key player in Neil Ryan’s U23 side and got the benefit of playing in the UEFA Europa League for United’s first team, also participating in the EFL Trophy as part of a United U21 side, in both competitions playing against other first team clubs, which is great development for young players – not as good as being loaned out to other clubs though, which Levitt will experience this season at Charlton, which could be good for him.

During his time in United’s academy, playing at U18, U19 and U23 level, Levitt made a total of 74 appearances, starting 56 times and coming off the bench 18 times, scoring 14 goals and 16 assists, which shows his ability in the game, which could also benefit him at Charlton. Levitt recently signed a contract at United which will keep him at the Old Trafford club until the summer of 2022, although there is a clause to add a further year onto that deal, as is the case with new contracts and contract renewals at United.

Levitt could link up with former United goalkeeper Ben Amos, and Wales teammate Jonny Williams, which could help him settle into the League One club. This season could be a good one for the young Welshman who could do enough to cause Solskjaer a headache next summer with the manager seeking to find a place for him in the United squad amongst the likes of Paul Pogba, Bruno Fernandes, Donny van de Beek, Scott McTominay, Fred and Nemanja Matic and James Garner – which I am sure will be a good headache for the manager.

Written by John Walker

Dylan Levitt to be loaned out by Manchester United; Championship clubs interested

Manchester United are set to allow Dylan Levitt leave the club on a season-long loan spell this summer. The promising 19-year-old seems to have been left out of the club UEFA Europa League squad for the remainder of the season with some suggesting that he could have played against LASK last week. However, it would seem that the player was left out so he could be loaned out before the new season starts. The Manchester Evening News has suggested that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants the player to boost his development and playing first team football will do just that.

Levitt will not break into the current United midfield with Bruno Fernandes, Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic, Fred, Scott McTominay and Andreas Pereira in the ranks. He would also have academy teammate James Garner to get through, who has played more first team football than him, therefore, in this instance, ahead of him in terms of progress. A season-long loan spell in the Championship, providing that he will play regular football, would be just great for him right now.

At 19, Levitt will be seeking to push on which his career finishing his second season playing for the U23s after the coronavirus pandemic suspended world football which brought the premature end to the academy season. Levitt started playing for the U18s during the 2017/18 season and to date has made a total of 74 appearances, scoring 14 goals and 16 assists – 30 goal contributions, in the three seasons at youth level at the club.

Levitt has been a regular for Ryan Giggs’ Wales squad recently and was one of the stand out performers for United’s U23s before the cancellation of the season in April. Back in November, the midfielder made his United debut in a 2-1 defeat in the UEFA Europa League group stages to Kazakhstan side FC Astana. It was expected that he could play against LASK in the same competition last week – with United winning the first leg 5-0 back in March but Solskjaer never named the player in his squad.

Whilst it was unfortunate for the player not to be named in the squad, it seems to have been done to give the club time to find the right club for the player to spend the season on loan with at Championship level, which would aid his development. Of course, United will need to keep the player’s best interests at hand and issue a contract that should see the player start or play in a minimum number of matches, possibly even stipulating a number of minutes that he should be playing, that way, the loan spell would not be a failure like some have been in the past for other players not making any or few appearances.

If a player is not playing regularly, the only thing they are going to benefit is what it looks like to become a frustrated figure in the background which will end up thwarting development, rather than aiding it. United should think about the level of club Levitt goes too. Whilst he would like to go to a club that would win regular matches, that same club could limit his appearances, which would not aid him as much as playing for a middle of the table club. Whilst winning will not matter in terms of development, players like Levitt will be looking to score goals or at least assist them, so for smaller clubs, he could be valuable for them.

Written by John Walker

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