Manchester United face January transfer decision over loan midfielder

Dylan Levitt’s frustrating time on loan at Charlton Athletic continued as he was left on the bench over the weekend.

The Manchester United midfielder is one of many youngsters currently absent from the club on loan and was unable to add to his three league appearances for the Addicks as they beat Wimbledon 5-2.

United may decide to terminate the loan in January to ensure Levitt can get regular football elsewhere.

Levitt’s loan experience so far contrasts with that of his close friend James Garner, the latter now a regular fixture in a top-flight Watford side in the Championship. Garner played 89 minutes of the Hornets’ 1-0 win over Birmingham and is making progress in Hertfordshire. He is unlikely to be recalled in January.

United were drawn against Watford in the FA Cup third round and although Garner is not eligible for that game, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer spoke briefly about the 19-year-old at a recent press conference.

“Of course we could have had an easier draw, but we will win one at home,” he said during the game. “We know Watford are in a good moment. We have Jimmy [Garner] there and he’s played well for them this season. We followed him.

Elsewhere over the weekend, Tahith Chong followed in the footsteps of his United teammates as he was on the losing side at RB Leipzig. Chong came on as a 72nd-minute substitute for Werder Bremen in a 2-0 loss to Leipzig. The Dutch winger started his Bremen career with a goal on his debut but has struggled to carve out a regular spot in recent weeks.

The same can be said for loan keeper Joel Pereira, who has been omitted from Huddersfield’s matchday squad entirely of late. Boss of burrows Carlos Corberan has preferred Ben Hamer and Ryan Schofield over United keeper for the most part this season. Goalkeeper Matej Kovar, however, is a regular on loan at Swindon but couldn’t prevent them from falling to a 1-0 home loss to Fleetwood on Saturday.

Diogo Dalot, on loan at AC Milan, was an unused substitute at the weekend in their 2-2 draw with Parma, while Lazio’s Andreas Pereira came off the bench in a 2-1 loss to Verona. Di’Shon Bernard helped Salford keep a clean sheet in a 0-0 draw with Cheltenham.

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