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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 goalkeeper in limbo after another unsuccessful loan spell; his future hanging in the balance?

Manchester United will reportedly recall goalkeeper Joel Pereira from his spell at Hearts after the Scottish Premiership season was cancelled on Monday. The Scottish club were relegated from the top flight league in the country, although they will mount a legal challenge regarding the details of the relegation with only 29 matches played this season.

It was not the best season for the Portuguese goalkeeper, ending in relegation but his performances for the club did not exactly show Ole Gunnar Solskjaer that he double be a contender for the number one shirt at the club in the near future. It is not the first time that the player has been loaned out with it ending badly for the player.

It was not all that long ago that Pereira has been tipped as a future number one for the Old Trafford club, but now all hopes of that seem to have failed. Dean Henderson, who has performed well during each of his five seasons on loan with clubs ranging from the National League to the Premier League, rising a division each season.

Pereira, 23, made a total of 25 appearances for Hearts this season, playing 2,280 minutes of football. He managed just five clean sheets and conceded a total of 43 goals. The player was expected to return to United this summer with a decision to be made on his future. His contract at United expires next summer so United might try and get some money for him.

With David De Gea, Sergio Romero, Lee Grant, Dean Henderson and Nathan Bishop all at the Old Trafford club, Pereira seems to have a fight ahead of him if becoming a first team regular for United is something he wants to do. However, Henderson, who was once behind him in the pecking order, will a long way ahead of him now.

Former United manager Jose Mourinho had high hopes for Pereira, who is a talented goalkeeper. However, he has had five loan spells away from United since the 2015/16 season, spending time at Rochdale, Belenenses, Vitória de Setúbal, Kortrijk and now Hearts – all seemingly failed with some ended early because of a lack of first team action.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may have already decided what to do with the goalkeeper, however, United will face a tough task to earn any money from his transfer, which this summer the last chance to sell the player before the expiry of his contract next summer. It could be that United loan him out again, running down his contract at the club.

It has already been reported that United may have doubts about De Gea this summer with reports suggesting the club would make a decision on the player, as to whether he will be sold or not. His form has been questionable, which should have given other goalkeepers at the club, including Pereira, to make themselves noticed.

Romero has risen his performances, making 14 appearances for United so far this season, conceding just three goals and keeping 11 clean sheets. Henderson is the standout player though, making 30 appearances for Sheffield United in the Premier League so far this season, keeping 11 clean sheets and conceding 24 goals.

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