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Erik ten Hag suggests two Man Utd youngsters won’t join January loan exodus


Erik ten Hag suggests Manchester United will reject loan offers for Facundo Pellestri
The Uruguayan could play against Reading in the FA Cup (Pictures: Sky Sports / Getty)

Erik ten Hag has suggested both Facundo Pellestri and Zidane Iqbal will stay at Manchester United this month and feels they will benefit from continuing to train with the first team.

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The Red Devils are expected to loan out a horde of players before the window closes, with Charlie McNeill, Di’Shon Bernard, Bjorn Hardley and Charlie Savage all set to move elsewhere on short-term deals.

Pellestri and Iqbal have also been linked with loans, but Ten Hag feels the duo – and especially the Uruguayan – can contribute this season.

Asked about potential loan moves, Ten Hag said on Friday: ‘We have our ideas, for some players we are open for loans but with some players they are not.

‘They have to develop first in our environment, second, we have many games to cover, and we need players to cover that.

‘When you play 10 games in 30 days you need a lot of players. The way we put on [Pellestri] on Wednesday is already a signal.’

Asked specifically about Iqbal as well as defender Brandon Williams, Ten Hag continued: ‘It’s also that counts for Zidane, definitely also for Brandon.

Manchester United attacker Facundo Pellestri
Pellestri could make a rare start against Reading on Saturday (Picture: Getty)

‘He had a bad injury, he is on the way back, he was in pre-season for the restart, he was in the squad for selection against Forest, he is a part of it.

‘It’s a little bit up to him, I like him, but we have to work with it and see where his development can go.

‘It’s also about him to deserve his chance, take his chance. But when he wants a loan, we have to talk about that.’

Ten Hag hinted in mid-week that he might give Pellestri a bigger role against Reading in the FA Cup on Saturday following his lively cameo off the bench against Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup.

Although Diogo Dalot still remains sidelined and Luke Shaw has a ‘question mark’ over his involvement, Ten Hag still intends to name a strong team to face the Championship side.

He added: ‘We have always issues, but I think tomorrow we will have a strong selection for this game, we have a good squad, we can cover things.’

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