Man Utd’s current predicament is such that thinking of any long-term plan may be a step too far.
The club has not been subject to this bad a start to their season in decades altogether and with every matchday it looks increasingly likely that there is a severe lack of direction in the manner in which they function.
At the heart of this issue is lack of squad depth as injuries have forced Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to dip into his academy graduates for games where he clearly wouldn’t prefer to otherwise.
At the same time, the Norwegian gaffer doesn’t appear to have a consistent policy with regard to fielding the younger players. This was best manifested in the hesitancy to let Mason Greenwood function as the primary striker, replacing the clearly fatigued and out-of-form Marcus Rashford.
Now, the club is looking to take serious decisions about the future of their other academy graduates.
According to an interview given by Manchester United’s loan boss Les Parry on their official website, there was conscious decision to not loan out certain names in the summer: “There will be lots of hard work, as part of what Nicky Butt puts together as the plan for everybody. We’ll plan it out and we’ve identified four or five who might be going out in January. Obviously, our first-team manager has a say.”
Parry goes on to add: “Three lads could have possibly gone on loan – Angel Gomes, Tahith Chong and James Garner – but he wanted to keep them here and have a look at them on tour. So a decision will be made, no doubt, for January as well. Hopefully, all three will be in the first team and not going anywhere.”
It has to be mentioned that merely their presence on the bench doesn’t inspire much confidence, and even less so when they end up becoming unlikely substitutes with dreaded minutes left to play.