Manchester United appear to be active in the final days of the January transfer window, not with incomings but with outgoings.
Supporters expected at the start of the window that United would bring in some fresh faces to try and resurrect a disappointing season, but that hasn’t happened.
The MEN understands that United are unlikely to make any additional signings this month and instead focus on shortlisting summer targets.
Ralf Rangnick and John Murtough have still been busy. United has secured a deal for forward Anthony Martial to join Spanish club Sevilla until the end of the season, while Donny van de Beek could secure a loan elsewhere.
Jesse Lingard was reportedly set to move to Newcastle, but a difference in valuation means that a transfer looks all but dead.
It felt that United’s dealings were going to stop there, but it looks like they’ve been busy again as one of their youngsters seems set for a move to Scotland.
The person involved is Amad, and it looks like he’s secured a loan move to Scottish giants Rangers until the end of the season.
Amad is meant to be one of the finest talents to come out of United’s academy after the club signed him for a fee rising to £37m in the summer of 2020. Many clubs were in the race for his signature at the time, but the Reds ‘stole a march on many of their rivals to secure the deal for him.
United supporters were treated with Amad’s skills at the under-23 level and through a couple of senior appearances for the first-team, including a goal against AC Milan in the first leg of last season’s Europa League tie against AC Milan.
But he hasn’t had the game time needed at Old Trafford, and he’s needed a loan move since the start of the season. He was set for a switch to Feyenoord, but an injury sustained him from making the move.
It looks like it’s worked in his favor as a move to Rangers is a lot better. why? Because he’s going straight into a title race!
Rangers are currently five points clear at the top of the Scottish Premier League. That will only benefit Amad because he’ll get some much-needed experience in a competitive title race at such a young age.
The Scottish Premier League also has a reputation for being very physical and energetic, which are the exact attributes he needs to focus on to establish himself as a senior United player.
He also has the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of many players who’ve been successful in Scotland and moved to the Premier League.
Virgil van Dijk is the apparent standout player who won a Scottish Premier League title before switching to Southampton. The rest, as they say, is history.
Henrik Larsson, who played for Celtic, won four SPL titles and moved to Manchester United on loan from Helsingborg, scoring one goal in seven Premier League matches.
Just like you, we can’t get enough of Manchester United! That’s why we’ve decided to supplement our expansive United coverage on the Manchester Evening News with a more fan-oriented platform catered specifically to United fans – United On My Mind.
Writers and presenters who share your passion for the red side of Manchester will be producing written, visual and audio content to reflect the mood in the stands as well as the press box.
Recent stars such as James Maddison and Andy Robertson also had spells in Scotland which made them capable of playing in the English leagues, but Amad has his chapter to write. He’s one of the most talented youngsters of his age bracket and has a chance to get valuable experience to make him a better player.
He’ll also be getting significant European experience, as Rangers will be facing Borussia Dortmund in the last-32 tie of the UEFA Europa League.
It’s a move that only has benefits for him and Rangnick. I’m sure he’s going to shine for Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s team.
What do you think of Amad’s loan move? Follow our United On My Mind writer omar garrick on Twitter to get involved in the discussion and give us your thoughts on the matter in the comments section below.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.