Man Utd’s 10 stars out on loan and how they are performing so far this season

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer appears likely to dip into the January transfer market to bolster his options for the second half of the season.

Injuries could force his hand in 2021, as he needs reinforcements in certain key areas of his squad.

However, if funds are tight during the winter transfer window, Solskjaer may consider recalling some of his loan players to strengthen his squad.

Here we look at how the current United 2020/21 loan crop are getting on away from Old Trafford this season.

Tahith Chong (Werder Bremen)

Chong’s decision to leave United and join Bundesliga side Werder Bremen appeared borne out of frustration at a lack of a first team role.

The Dutch Under-21 international is highly rated by the club’s underage set up, and despite making 12 appearances last season, Solskjaer did not have a place for the winger in 2020/21.

He started life in Germany strongly, with a goal in Werder’s 2-0 German Cup win over FC Carl Zeiss Jena, but since then he has been reduced to a back-up role with just two league starts.

But despite his struggles to make an impact, Chong has remained positive about his experience in Germany.

"I am very much in the here and now, and I avoid looking too much into the future,” he told BILD . “I feel very comfortable here. Everyone is very accommodating to me, and I have made friends here.

“I’ve been here two and a half months. I have to learn a new language and get used to the game.”

Andreas Pereira (Lazio)

The summer arrival of Donny van de Beek pushed Pereira down the United midfield pecking order and he opted to join Lazio on a season-long loan.

The Brazilian spent two seasons on loan with Granada and Valencia between 2016 and 2018, playing a regular role at both clubs.

But despite some bright sparks in the Italian capital, he has failed to make an impact on Simone Inzaghi’s team, aside from a goal in their 4-3 Serie A win at Torino.

One league start tells its own story and he could be sold by United on his return next summer.

Diogo Dalot (AC Milan)

Stefano Pioli’s AC Milan have hit the ground running this season with 20 points from eight games putting them on top of the pile in Serie A.

However, despite his teammates riding the crest of a wave, Dalot has barely featured following his loan move.

A late cameo in Milan’s 2-1 win in Udinese earlier this month is his only league appearance, but Piolo has started him in all three of his Europa League group games.

The Portuguese international looks capable of forcing his way into the team, with an excellent goal and assist in their October win over Sparta Prague underlining his potential and he is determined to change Pioli’s thinking.

“Pioli keeps us all hungry,” he told Sky Sport Italia, reported viaFootball Italia .

“We are motivated to play. He gives everyone the opportunity to demonstrate what we can do, and this is fantastic.”

Matej Kovar (Swindon Town)

Czech Republic Under-21 goalkeeper Kovar has gone straight into the starting line up at League One side Swindon Town following his loan switch.

He opted to leave Old Trafford in search of first team football and has established himself as first choice for former manager Richie Wellens and he is set to keep his place under new boss John Sheridan.

Despite not keeping a clean sheet so far this season, Kovar’s consistent run of games will be a real confidence boost for the highly-rated stopper.

Joel Castro Pereira (Huddersfield Town)

Despite Kovar’s positive experience, fellow keeper Pereira has endured a nightmare time at Championship side Huddersfield.

The Portuguese keeper was brought in as cover for Ben Hamer at the John Smith’s Stadium, but he is yet to make a single appearance for the Terriers.

With Carlos Corberan’s side already out of the EFL Cup, his chances look very limited and he could request an early return to United.

Dylan Levitt (Charlton Athletic)

Welsh international Levitt has been utilised fleetingly by Charlton boss Lee Bowyer during the Addicks’ strong start to the League One season.

The midfielder has made three starts, but is yet to complete 90 minutes of action, and Bowyer admitted he substituted him in their 2-0 win over Northampton last month over concerns the pitch and weather conditions edged him out of the game.

James Garner (Watford)

Midfielder Garner has played a rotating role for Vladimir Ivic’s high-flying Watford this season, with five starts and five substitute appearances.

With experienced options including Etienne Capoue, Tom Cleverley, Ken Sema and the returning Will Hughes ahead of him, Garner will have to bide his time at Vicarage Road and he admitted he is unsure of what his future at the club is.

“Obviously it depends what the future holds and I don’t know what the situation is going to be for me when I go back to United," he told an interview with theWatford Observer .

"But for the time I’ve been here it’s been good. Hopefully, we’ll be successful this season and see what happens.”

Max Taylor (Kidderminster Harriers)

Taylor, 20, has edged his way into the starting XI at National League North side Kidderminster Harriers in recent weeks, and the striker netted his first ever senior goal in 2-0 win against Blyth Spartans last month.

Di'Shon Bernard (Salford City)

Defender Bernard made the short trip down the road to join League Two side Salford City this summer, and the 20-year old finally got his league debut in their 2-0 defeat at Bolton before the international break.

Aliou Traore (Caen)

Former PSG academy star Traore joined United’s youth ranks in 2017, but after failing to edge his way into Solskjaer’s plans this summer he joined French club Caen on loan.

Pascal Dupraz’s side are currently second bottom in Ligue 1 after a poor start to the campaign, and Traore is yet to make a first team appearance this season after Dupraz declined to promote him to the first team.

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