How every Man Utd player on loan is performing this season

Martin Macdonald
Martin Macdonald 24 May 2022 16:33 BST 7 min read
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Premier League giants Manchester United are one of the biggest clubs in the world, even with their current struggles in the Premier League, and naturally with that comes a desire to bring as much talent to Old Trafford as possible both at youth and senior level.

Erik ten Hag has now taken over, but Ralf Rangnick, formerly a head coach and executive at RB Leipzig, had a first team squad packed with talent, especially after the acquisitions of Cristiano Ronaldo, Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho last summer.

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Man Utd therefore took the opportunity to send a number of players out on loan who would not have received game time in 2021/22 had they stayed.

This could have been done to either to simply get rid of wages off the books, or to aid the development of a younger player.

Wales international Daniel James left the club on a permanent basis for Leeds United, having dropped down the pecking order, but all of the other departures last summer, apart from the expiration of contracts, were on loan.

In the January transfer window, Donny van de Beek, Anthony Martial and Amad Diallo joined the list of players out on loan.

How many players did Man Utd have out on loan?

Between players in the first team and in the reserves/youth sides, Man Utd had 16 players out on loan this season.

Where was each Man Utd player on loan?

Andreas Pereira - Flamengo

Facundo Pellistri - Alaves

James Garner - Nottingham Forest

Axel Tuanzebe - Napoli

Brandon Williams - Norwich

Tahith Chong - Birmingham

Donny van de Beek - Everton

Anthony Martial - Sevilla

Amad Diallo - Rangers

Youth:

Nathan Bishop - Mansfield Town

Dylan Levitt - Dundee Utd

Ethan Laird - Bournemouth

Ethan Galbraith - Doncaster

Di'Shon Bernard - Hull

Matej Kovar - Burton Albion

Teden Mengi - Birmingham

How did they performing?

Andreas Pereira, who was on loan at Lazio last season, was not part of the club's plans again this campaign and he returned to Brazil with Flamengo in August 2021. As a result of the Brazilian calendar, he joined halfway through the campaign.

He couldn't have hoped for a better debut, either, as he came off the bench for a nine-minute cameo in a 4-0 victory against Santos and managed to get himself on the scoresheet in his short time on the pitch. He has played 43 times in total for the club, scoring five goals and recording one assist, and is widely expected to join on a permanent basis.

In January 2021, Facundo Pellistri went on loan to Alaves and returned to the Spanish side for the entirety of the season in 2021/22. He made 35 appearances in all competitions for the club, and failed to score.

Highly-rated midfielder James Garner spent the first-half of last season on loan at Watford and after that was terminated he joined Nottingham Forest for the last six months of the season.

He returned to Forest for this campaign after signing a new contract with Man Utd and was in the Forest team that knocked out both Arsenal and Leicester in the FA Cup. Garner has impressed in the Championship, scoring four and assisting eight in the second tier this season. He's one win away from helping Forest regain their Premier League status.

After finding first-team opportunities hard to come by, Anthony Martial left for Sevilla in January, where he made 12 appearances in all competitions, scoring one goal in the Europa League. His loan will not be made permanent.

Amad Diallo enjoyed a superb debut for Rangers, scoring at the back post against Ross County, but looked out of sorts against Celtic in the next match and only recently returned to form. He netted three goals in total for the club.

Donny van de Beek made five starts and two appearances off the bench for Everton, and scored his only goal for the club on the final day of the season against Arsenal. A thigh injury limited his involvement.

Axel Tuanzebe has put in some impressive performances for the Man Utd first team, none more so than away against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.

However, after a disappointing spell away at Aston Villa, he returned to the Red Devils in January before being sent out on loan to Napoli, where he made just one substitute appearance in Serie A.

Brandon Williams was never going to get much game time at left-back, with Luke Shaw and Alex Telles available in that spot, with Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Diogo Dalot competing at right-back.

His debut on loan at Norwich came in a superb 6-0 victory against Bournemouth in the League Cup, but things went south for the club since. He made 29 appearances for the relegated Canaries, being booked nine times.

Wonderkid Tahith Chong spent the year on loan at Birmingham and recorded one goal and three assists in 20 Championship appearances.