Manchester United's official website confirmed that Joe Rothwell has joined Championship outfit Blackpool for the rest of the season after coming to an agreement over a loan deal.
The midfielder has been a regular in the Red Devils' under-21 side this season, but Louis van Gaal seems to feel that some time away from the youth league will do his development a world of good.
Blackpool can use all the help they can get; they are rooted to the bottom of the Championship and currently lie nine points away from safety. Lee Clark will have to do something miraculous to keep the Tangerines from falling to England's third tier and he hopes Rothwell can help.
Highly regarded talent
Clark told Blackpool's official website: "Joe is someone we've been monitoring for a while and I'm pleased that a deal has been agreed. He's very highly regarded at Old Trafford and I'm looking forward to working with him."
While Rothwell will have to get used to playing for a struggling team, it should help him go straight into the starting XI. He could make his debut against fellow strugglers Brighton and Hove Albion, who recently gave Premier League side Arsenal a run for their money in the FA Cup.
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Rothwell has been with Manchester United since the age of six and has impressed at every level. He captained the under-18 side on occasions but is now looking to kick on with his development.
Crucial time ahead
Now 20-years-old, these are key years for the midfielder if he is to make it at Old Trafford. Van Gaal has already handed debuts to Tyler Blackett and Paddy McNair, proving the chance is there for a youngster like Rothwell to make his breakthrough.
Should Darren Fletcher leave as expected in the summer, it could open a space in the squad, but with an almost limitless supply of cash few would be surprised to see Van Gaal opt for a continental powerhouse instead.
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