Man Utd’s eight loan decisions for next season including Lingard and Pellistri

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has some big decisions to make on the fringe players in his squad for next season.

The Red Devils have a fair few players currently out on loan across Europe, gaining valuable experience they hope will boost their chances of first team football at United.

And for the likes of Jesse Lingard and James Garner, their recent form will have done them the world of good to compete for a starting spot.

Others though, have struggled, and are likely to either be sold or sent out on loan once again next term.

Here are the eight loan decisions Solskjaer has to make for next season.

Teden Mengi

Young centre-back Mengi could well return to Derby on loan next season, with Wayne Rooney openly admitting that was an option.

"I’d very much like him back next season," the Red Devils legend told The Athletic. “It’s on the player now.”

Mengi made nine appearances for the Championship club, but returned to United early after suffering a season-ending injury.

Diogo Dalot

Portuguese full-back Dalot is highly unlikely to return to United, and is expected to either be sold or sent out on loan once again, having spent the season with AC Milan.

The 22-year-old has been in and out of the starting XI, making 32 appearances overall, with AC Milan still battling for a place in the top four.

Italian outlet Calcio Mercato suggest that he could stay on at the San Siro permanently, with a fee of around £15million being mooted.

James Garner

Garner has got loads of experience in the Championship this season, making a total of 40 appearances for Watford and then Nottingham Forest.

The box-to-box midfielder has looked bright in the second tier too, scoring four goals under Chris Hughton in the second half of the season.

It remains to be seen if Solskjaer thinks he is ready for first team football at United, so another loan move, potentially this time within the Premier League, could be on the cards.

Jesse Lingard

Lingard is in the form of his life at West Ham right now, and has scored a remarkable nine goals in 13 appearances for the Hammers since joining on loan in January.

Solskjaer will be desperate to see him replicate those performances in a United shirt, after years of never really fulfilling his potential.

It’s very unlikely Lingard will be allowed to leave again on loan for next season.

Dylan Levitt

Welsh international Levitt is currently on loan at Croatian outfit Istra 1961, having failed to get much game time at Charlton earlier this season.

The 20-year-old has a few senior appearances to his name in cup competitions, but is unlikely to be a part of Solskjaer’s first team plans for next season.

That means another loan move either in the UK or Europe is likely for Levitt to gain some more experience.

Andreas Pereira

Brazilian playmaker Pereira is currently on loan with Lazio in Serie A, and has made an impressive 24 appearances.

However, only three of those have come in starts, with Pereira used as something of a utility substitute by Simone Inzaghi.

The 25-year-old has only ever really had one season of regular football at United, and his lack of regular game time probably means that’s unlikely to change next term.

Tahith Chong

Much has been made about promising winger Chong, who actually has 16 senior appearances for United already under his belt.

This season, Chong was sent out to Werder Bremen initially but after his time in Germany was cut short, the Dutch youth international joined Club Brugge.

Chong must have aspirations to play regularly in the first team at United, but competition for places on the wing in Solskjaer’s side is already pretty fierce.

Facundo Pellistri

Having only joined the club last summer from his native Uruguay, Pellistri was given a few months with the youth sides to bed in, before being sent out on loan to Alaves in January.

Pellistri has made 10 La Liga appearances during his time in Spain, and looked pretty lively in the process, though he is still yet to score.

The 19-year-old will surely be a part of Solskjaer’s plans in the next couple of years, but next season might be too soon for the tricky winger.

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