How Man Utd’s 12 loan players have fared at Sunderland, Birmingham, Nottingham Forest & more

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We have a rundown on how Manchester United’s loanees are getting on away from Old Trafford.

Manchester United sent 12 players out on loan during a busy summer transfer window.

That included a mixture of unwanted first-team members such as Alex Telles and Eric Bailly, along with promising youth talent like Amad, Hannibal and Ethan Laird.

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Overall it’s been a mixed bag for United’s loanees, some of whom have quickly established themselves as first-team regulars, while others have had limited game-time.

We’ve rounded up how all 12 have fared since leaving Old Trafford on temporary deals this summer…


The winger is yet to start a game for Sunderland since completing a loan move to the North-East at the end of August. Amad has come off the bench three times, with manager Tony Mowbray claiming he showed ‘real class’ in the weekend draw with Watford.

Eric Bailly

Has picked up an untimely injury for Marseille which ruled him out of the weekend draw with Rennes. The 28-year-old has played in three league wins since his switch to Ligue 1 but has been on the losing side in both Champions League clashes this term.

Bailly faced Tottenham in the Champions League. Credit: Getty.Bailly faced Tottenham in the Champions League. Credit: Getty.
Bailly faced Tottenham in the Champions League. Credit: Getty.

Alvaro Fernandez

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Preston North End have proved to be a statistical anomaly this term with just seven goals across their 10 league games. An ankle injury has impacted Fernandez’s first few months at Deepdale, and he’s made seven appearances in all competitions, including a first start in Saturday’s loss to Sheffield United.

Will Fish

The teenage centre-back joined Hibernian at the start of September but is yet to play for the side from the Scottish capital.

Ethan Galbraith

Has featured in three of four league matches since his short move to Salford City, but the Northern Ireland international hasn’t contributed any goals or assists to date.

Hannibal has played four times for Birmingham. Credit: Getty.Hannibal has played four times for Birmingham. Credit: Getty.
Hannibal has played four times for Birmingham. Credit: Getty.


The feisty midfielder was involved in an incident with Gustavo Hamer during Saturday’s draw with Coventry City that saw the latter receive a straight red for a kick out. Hannibal has yet to start a game but has made four appearances from the bench for Birmingham City.

Dean Henderson

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The goalkeeper, who criticised United over the summer, has played every minute for Nottingham Forest in the league this season. Despite conceding 17 in seven games, Henderson has had a largely good start to the campaign and has saved two penalties. He’s also regained his spot in the England squad.

Matej Kovar

The young goalkeeper signed an extension and headed out on loan earlier this month. Since joining Sparta Prague, Kovar has played two matches and is yet to keep a clean sheet.

Ethan Laird

There’s real hope at Old Trafford that Laird has a bright future ahead of him, and he’s impressed at Queens Park Rangers. The 21-year-old has not missed a minute since joining on loan and received the man-of-the-match award on Saturday in the 0-0 draw with Stoke City.

Laird scored against Hull last month. Credit: Getty.Laird scored against Hull last month. Credit: Getty.
Laird scored against Hull last month. Credit: Getty.

Dermot Mee

Has conceded 11 goals in four games for Altrincham and wasn’t in the squad for the weekend draw with Scunthorpe.

Alex Telles

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Played in the 4-0 loss to Manchester City two weeks ago and has only missed one match for Sevilla since his arrival. Telles, who was called up to the Brazil squad last week, is battling for a starting spot at left-back in Seville with Marcos Acuna.

Charlie Wellens

Netted a first senior goal at the weekend as Oldham Athletic beat Eastleigh 3-2. Wellens’ 90th-minute winner also ensured outgoing manager John Sherian departed with a victory. The right-back has played all three available games since completing a move to Boundary Park.

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