Exclusive: Why Derby County asked for Teden Mengi on loan

Manchester United youngster Teden Mengi is set to complete a loan move to Wayne Rooney’s Derby County.

Mengi, 18, is a product of United’s illustrious youth academy having joined their under-18s side in 2018.

After being awarded with his senior first-team debut in August 2020, Mengi has since struggled to nail down a place in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first-team.

We recently reported that in an attempt to rack up some valuable first-team football, Mengi was hopeful the Red Devils would sanction a loan move.

However, despite the youngster’s eagerness to go out on a short-term loan, the club’s hierarchy were refusing to sanction a move until the teenager commited to a new contract.

As detailed in our earlier report, with Mengi having just 18-months left on his deal, the club did not want him impressing elsewhere, only to return in the summer with just 12-months left on his deal.

We also broke the news on Friday that Mengi was set to make a decision on his contract within the next 24-hours or so, something we believe the teenager and the club have now resolved.

After having his medical with Derby County earlier on Sunday afternoon, club confirmation is expected soon.

However, one of the most interesting aspects to this rapidly evolving loan move is how Derby County came to get their way when asking United for Mengi’s short-term services.

Interest in the youngster was high – Very high. The young defender had several offers, both from England and abroad.

Stretty News understands that Derby County told United they owed them some form of compensation after the Red Devils recently agreed to poach three under-15s from them.

The three Derby County youth players cannot legally be named due to their age.

However, in an attempt to make up for losing three of their young starlets to United’s illustrious academy, the Rams thought loaning them Mengi was the least the club could do; a sentiment clearly echoed by United.

With an official announcement expected shortly, we would like to wish Teden the absolute best of luck!

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  1. Give us a quality orthodox right wing and a solid partner for our team, and watch it smash everyone. Martial needs to be kicked in training and learn to handle the roughness of our league, he doesn’t have enough game to hold the ball and hold off the defender.

    It’s an absolute mare having 3 top class players fighting for the same spot whilst we have a non existing RW player.

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