Lots of players were linked with a move to Manchester United during the January transfer window, but the club made just one signing. Wilfried Zaha, who was immediately loaned back to Crystal Palace, will join us at the end of the season.
Wilfried Zaha: As mentioned above, United made just one signing in January. The 20-year-old is a right-footed winger – an area that has caused concern for Ferguson this season, but why did we loan him back straight away if that was the case? Crystal Palace view themselves as promotion contenders, so it was an agreement made before Zaha signed the dotted line. Either way I think it’s important he gets more football under his belt. If Antonio Valencia fails to find form again and Nani is sold in the summer, this young England international may be in for a big debut season at Old Trafford.
Joshua King: Undisclosed fee to Blackburn Rovers. Many expected King to get more opportunities at United, but he came across a bit impatient in interviews before the season began. Wish him the best at Ewood Park.
Angelo Henriquez: Wigan on loan. Joining United last summer aged 18, it was important to send him somewhere to get first team experience under his belt. Stuck behind a number of strikers in the pecking order at Old Trafford, he had to go out on loan. Thankfully it’s a club in the Premier League.
Robbie Brady: Undisclosed fee to Hull City. From developing in a youth team that consistent of players like Paul Pogba and Ravel Morrison, here’s another to leave Old Trafford. Since traveling on tour last summer, many doubted whether he had the potential to become a first team regular at United. I personally feel he is at his level now in the Championship, however, I wish him well at Hull under Steve Bruce.
Davide Petrucci: Peterborough on loan. Highly rated Italian midfielder who joined from Roma in 2011. The playmaker has shown his eye for spectacular goals along with impressive passing while playing for the reserves. If he can stay clear of injuries, Darren Ferguson should get good use out of him. Scott Wootton, aged 21, has joined him at the club on loan also.
Federico Macheda: Stuggart on loan. After a terrific introduction to his United career, Macheda has been disappointing. Previous loan spells at Sampdoria and QPR failed due to a lack of real opportunities. Hopefully he makes a good enough impression in Germany, so we can finally get rid.
Luke McCullough: Cheltenham on loan. Accomplished defender who is building his reputation as a powerful, commanding presence. Aged 18, it is essential he gets first team football at Whaddon Road.
Bebe: Rio Ave on loan. Known as a flop by many, Bebe became the first signing Ferguson made without watching him play live. Since joining United in 2010 for a fee believed to be worth £7.4 million, the 22-year-old has failed to make an impression. It’s difficult to say at this moment in time what the club have planned for him in the future, but one would like to think he can make an impact in Portugal and leave permanently.