5 Players Manchester United Should Loan out This Season

Rob Blanchette@@_Rob_BFeatured ColumnistJuly 25, 2014

5 Players Manchester United Should Loan out This Season

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    The Louis van Gaal era started off with a bang on Wednesday night as Manchester United demolished the LA Galaxy 7-0 in front of 84,000 fans at the Rose Bowl in California. 

    It was in stark contrast to David Moyes' first match in charge 12 months prior when the Red Devils lost 1-0 to the Singha All-Stars on their tour of the Far East.

    In the next few weeks, Van Gaal will need to decide which players are to be a part of his Dutch revolution this season and which individuals will be farmed out on loan.

    Here, we take a look at five players who should be on their travels soon.

Nick Powell

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    It is difficult to understand where Nick Powell fits into the Manchester United picture at the moment.

    The 20-year-old midfielder spent last season out on loan at Wigan, and he featured 37 times for the Latics in the Championship and Europa league, scoring 10 times.

    But toward the end of the campaign, his fitness and form fell away, and rumours circulated that Moyes would dispose of the player's services, as per Alan Nixon of The Mirror.

    However, with Moyes gone and with Van Gaal's preference for youth and technique, Powell may get another chance at United.

    He is still young and no doubt would benefit from another year of first-team football elsewhere. 

    His progression curve dictates that a move to one of the smaller clubs in the Premier League would be good for his game.

Will Keane

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    His progress might well have been stunted by serious injury in recent times, but this season is a huge opportunity for Will Keane.

    The Stockport-born player was considered one of United's brightest youth academy prospects in the past, but a knee injury in 2012 put him on the sideline for an extended period.

    And Warren Joyce said to Inside United after the player's recovery the following year, as per ManUtd.com: "I don't think there was a better player at his age in the country at the time he got injured. So we're mindful that the most important thing is getting him back to that level. Then he's got to kick on again to see how close he can get to the first team."

    Keane made his way out on loan last year, appearing 14 times in the Championship for both Wigan and QPR. However, the striker did not score a goal.

    But the promise is still there with the 21-year-old, and the Red Devils recently tied him down to a new contract, as per William Joyce of Goal.com.

    Keane will benefit from a full season at a team where he is one of their primary strikers. He is a deadly hitman when on form, but he desperately needs first-team minutes at his age.

Tom Lawrence

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    Tom Lawrence got the shock of his life when he was surprisingly thrust into a first-team debut for United during Ryan Giggs' brief tenure as manager, after a good loan spell at Yeovil Town.

    Lawrence had performed well for Yeovil during his stint there and had impressed with his imaginative forward play.

    The problem now for Lawrence is that United are awash with quality No. 10 options, meaning he will not get a sniff of action this season.

    The Welsh under-21 international needs to further his development away from Old Trafford to give himself a chance at United in the future.

Michael Keane

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    Many believe that Michael Keane is ready for United's first team, and the young defender certainly is not far away.

    His immediate future will be decided by one main factor and that is if the Reds purchase a new centre-back before the close of the transfer window.

    Keane is a very capable individual and has kicked on, both physically and technically, in the past couple of years.

    But it will be a hindrance to keep him at United this season if he is not going to play matches, and he needs to carry on his development elsewhere.

    Like Ryan Shawcross before him, Keane has the ability to make an impact in the Premier League, and he is ready for his induction to the top tier of English football.

Angelo Henriquez

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    There is little doubting that Chilean player Angelo Henriquez is a young striker bursting with talent, but it is difficult to imagine him getting game time at United this year.

    His arrival at the club in 2012 prompted many to compare him to Chicharito, and he was tipped to make an immediate impact.

    But his all-round game needs developing, and reserve-team football is not always the best environment for this.

    He spent time on loan at Real Zaragoza in the Spanish second division last year, and despite impressing initially, his form evaporated. 

    He is now on United's pre-season tour of the USA, so he will have a firsthand chance to impress the new manager.

    Henriquez is a natural finisher, and at only 20 years old, he still has time on his side. 


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