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Loan watch: United stars gaining valuable experience in senior football

Loan moves away from Manchester United have been really helpful to some of the club’s best players throughout history.

Playing senior football has enhanced their development and helped them to learn much more than they would ordinarily in reserve matches.

Here’s a look at how some of the on-loan Manchester United players are doing this season at their new clubs.

Tahith Chong – Birmingham City

Winger Tahith Chong has been one of the standout players for the Manchester United Under-21s over the last few years.

In that period, he’s featured a respectable 16 times for the senior team across the Premier League, European matches and domestic cup competitions.

Chong has gone out on loan for the season to Birmingham City and he’s featured in their opening eight matches.

The Midlands club have already made a good start to their campaign and currently have Championship winner odds of 100/1.

Chong will be doing all he can to help them stage a surprise this season, aiming for promotion.

The Championship Predictions presently stake Birmingham City at odds of 14/1 to achieve this illustrious feat.

The 21-year-old has really boosted Lee Bowyer’s team in the Championship, seemingly bursting with energy and serving as a crucial part of their attacking drives.

Chong is still bidding for his first goal for the club, but that’s unlikely to be far away.

James Garner – Nottingham Forest

Englishman James Garner has played 40 games in the Championship last season with respective spells at both Watford and Nottingham Forest.

Garner has since returned to the latter for the new season as the 20-year old recently extended his contract with Manchester United. It’s evident that the club sees him as playing an important role in the future.

Garner is now playing under Steve Cooper, somebody he knows very well as he was in charge of the England-17s when the Manchester United midfielder was on the team.

Cooper will be pushing the on-loan man to deliver more goals this season as he found the net on four occasions in the 2020/2021 campaign whilst wearing a Forest shirt.

United inserted a break clause in the loan deal, meaning he could be recalled in January.

However, that’s only likely to happen if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer suffers injuries to his first-team squad.

Brandon Williams – Norwich City

With Luke Shaw at the top of his game and Diogo Dalot back at the club, the opportunities for full-back Brandon Williams would undoubtedly have been limited this season.

The 22-year-old has opted to go on loan to Norwich for the season. There he’ll gain some valuable experience in the Premier League.

It’s been a tough start for the Canaries who were promoted from the Championship last year. They have lost their opening six matches of the campaign and are rooted to the bottom of the table.

Norwich have conceded 16 goals in their first six matches of the season, so Williams is going to be very busy defending.

He’s already played 21 times in the Premier League for United so he’ll know what level to expect during his spell in Norfolk.

Hopefully, all three of the above players learn a lot from their loan spells and go on to have great careers at Old Trafford.

Featured image credit: Kane Brooker via Flickr under CC BY 2.0 license

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