Numerous Premier League and Championship clubs are loaning out youngsters and fringe players to clubs in the lower divisions these days.

Sometimes it is to give the player experience of first team football, sometimes getting players fit again and occasionally helping a club out. Bury are still waiting to hear whether Manchester United will let Nicky Ajose stay at Gigg Lane after Saturday.

Bury-born Ajose has scored twice during his one-month loan spell, which is due to expire after the game against Southend United.

Shakers boss Alan Knill is desperate to keep the kid, who has developed a formidable and understanding partnership with senior hitman Ryan Lowe. Fergie will have the final say though.

Knill said: “We’ve asked the question and we're waiting on an answer. He is supposed to finish on Saturday and as he’s United's player if they want him back he'll have to go. I have to thank United for letting him come here but I think they've benefited as well. He’s played games and scored goals and that can only be good for Nicky and United.”

Lowe and Ajose have found the net five times in the last two games, with Lowe already on 10 for the season. Knill believes Bury’s good run of form, that has seen the Shakers move up to fourth, has been built around their attacking partnership.

Knill said: “We've a new squad and it takes a bit of time to get the players to gel, and I think we’re starting to see that now.'

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