Manchester United have looked at loaning out youngsters to give them experience which has proved effective for many players such as Tom Cleverley and Danny Welbeck, who were loaned to Wigan and Sunderland respectively and are now a part of first-team plans. 

This article looks at three players at United who could benefit from joining a team on loan to enable them to develop their game and come back to fight for a first-team place.

Nick Powell

After being a peripheral player at Manchester United after his transfer from Crewe last year, he only managed to make six appearances in all competitions for the club last season. 

This potential talent needs to go out and get first-team football and it may be more appropriate for him to go on loan at a Championship club to gain the experience needed. 

A club who are reportedly interested in the player is Wigan Athletic who are looking to bolster their squad due to their gruelling campaign ahead after their relegation and European football next season. 

This coupled with the fact their highly talented central midfielder James McCarthy is linked with a move away from the club could mean Powell could fill the void.  

Powell is technically a good player who can play a pass and has good balance on his feet, add to this his ability to score from distance and he could be the type of player Wigan Athletic would be grateful to have in their ranks. 

United have had success in terms of agreements with Wigan Athletic in the form of Cleverley, if Powell can replicate this in one or two seasons he could be in midfield playing week-in, week-out with Cleverley.

Alexander Buttner

Another player who has had to be content sitting on the subs bench as he is second fiddle to the ever consistent Patrice Evra. 

He managed 13 appearances last season but with the potential arrival of Leighton Baines from Everton, Buttner may need to come to the realisation that, to gain first-team football in the short term he needs to move to new club on loan. 

I feel at the age of 24, unlike Powell, he wouldn’t want to drop down a division and would probably prefer to be playing in the Premier League to test himself week-in, week-out.  

He is a player which possesses pace and is a left-back who likes to drive forward down the wings, overlapping his left midfield teammate and whipping balls into the box for the strikers. 

He is calm and composed on the ball and is able to play pass and move football. 

In terms of destinations available a newly-promoted team may be interested in him or mid-table clubs such as Sunderland, who may be interested as last season’s left back Danny Rose has now returned to parent club Tottenham.

Angelo Henriquez

At the age of 19 he seems to be in a similar situation to Powell, in need of potentially dropping down a division to gain first-team experience. 

He has already left on loan last season to Wigan where he only managed a handful of appearance but did manage to score a goal in the process.  

He has been quoted as saying a return to Wigan would be a proposal he would be interested in and could potentially be a good move for both parties, due to the already mentioned Wigan’s need to bolster the squad. 

But I feel he would be given more opportunities this time around with Wigan, as they are now competing in the Championship. 

He is a player who has great movement and speed in terms of how he glides across the ground and has shown with his first club Universidad de Chile where he scored 15 goals in 28 appearances that he can score a goal. 

He seemed to struggle with the speed of the Premier League and can therefore be more beneficial to try and ply his trade in the Championship for the next season while also gaining a taste of European football if he decided to choose Wigan. 

A host of Championship clubs would probably be willing to take a punt on this player, as obviously the great Sir Alex Ferguson saw something in this player. 

His other option would be to move abroad to either an other European club or even a return to South America may be beneficial but he needs to gain first-team football to stand any chance of developing his game. 


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