Manchester United have 14 players out on loan at present, with a range of first-team hopefuls dotted around Europe all trying to prove to the Red Devils what they have to offer Ole Gunnar Solskjaer upon their returns.
Out of those 14, however, just two are cutting their teeth in the Championship, although one – Timothy Fosu-Mensah at Fulham – is chomping at the bit for his rare chance in the Premier League.
The most regular of Manchester United’s out-on-loan star’s to feature in England’s second-tier is Dean Henderson, who is currently aiming to play a part in Sheffield United’s push for promotion back into the top-flight.
If the Blades do succeed in their efforts it will be in no small part thanks to United’s young goalkeeper, who has never missed a minute of action between the sticks in Chris Wilder’s league side.
While Wilder may have rested the 7-cap England U21 international in the cup competitions, the 22-year-old has starred in the Championship with 17 clean sheets in his 38 outings, making 87 saves.
Manchester United also have Axel Tuanzebe plying his trade in the Championship with Aston Villa, although the promising 21-year-old has been out of action since December 15 as he suffered a metatarsal fracture.
The Young Lions ace is expected to return to action when Dean Smith’s side come out of the international break to face Blackburn on March 30, which could be the centre-back’s 20th league game of the season.
During his previous 19, the Bunia-born star proved pivotal to the good work at Villa Park, and filled in at right-back when injuries took their toll on the Birmingham-based outfit.
Tuanzebe also averaged 1.3 successful tackles, 0.9 interceptions, 4.4 clearances and six aerial duels per ninety minutes during his regular outings in Claret and Blue.
Beyond those in the Championship, the Red Devils also have a range of prospects out on loan in the lower divisions, with Zak Dearnley at League Two Oldham Athletic, Matty Willock with Crawley Town, Callum Whelan at Port Vale, Regan Poole with Newport County, and Kieran O’Hara’s at Macclesfield.
Ethan Hamilton is also with Rochdale in League One, while Cameron Borthwick-Jackson’s at Scunthorpe.
As for those dotted around Europe, Joel Pereira is at Jupiler Pro League outfit KV Kortrijk, James Wilson is in Scotland with Aberdeen, and Tom Sang is with non-league outfit AFC Fylde.
Demetri Mitchell, meanwhile, had been set to see out the season with Heart of Midlothian, but saw his campaign brought to an end in February after undergoing an operation to repair his torn meniscus having made 23 appearances in all competitions.