The January transfer window is being used by Manchester City’s new manager Eric Ten Hag primarily to address the lack of firepower ahead.
Wut Weghorst seems to be the most likely solution at the moment as the club tries to come to an agreement with both parent club Burnley and the leased club Besiktas.
The winter window is also likely to lead to departures—both temporary and permanent, as many minor players and academy stars crave regular action.
McNeil attracts a lot of interest on the loan
As previously reported by The Peoples Person, the Red Devils are ready to send academy graduate Charlie McNeil on loan.
It is reported that the 19-year-old player attracts a lot of attention from English Football League clubs.
The World Football League exclusively reported that “Ipswich Town is one of the clubs interested in 19-year-old Manchester United striker Charlie McNeil.”
Ipswich manager Kieran McKenna, a former United youth and first team coach, knows the striker well from his time at Manchester City and knows what skills he can bring to the game.
Not only the first league club, but also the championship team Preston North End have shown interest in obtaining the services of the United starlet on loan.
“Sources have exclusively told FLW that Preston North End is another EFL team that likes a teenager.”
Preston boss Ryan Lowe wants to add to his capabilities in advance in January, and McNeil will offer the perfect solution, hence the interest.
Where will he go?
McNeil made his first-team debut thanks to Eric ten Hag, who lost to Real Sociedad in the Europa League in August. He was also on the bench in the match against Sheriff Tiraspol.
He boasts phenomenal performance in youth football — more than 600 goals at the youth level.
McNeil joined the Red Devils in 2020 from Manchester City, where he turned down a lucrative new deal to return to his childhood club. United have allocated an initial £750,000, which could grow to £1.5 million for the young star.
Last season, McNeil spent time with League One team Sheffield Wednesday, taking out a loan for work experience. It will be interesting to see how United handle his progress and where he ends up after January 31.