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Manchester United simply cannot afford to commit the blunder of loaning out their promising teenage prodigy and here’s why

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Why Manchester United should hold onto Tahith Chong

Manchester United have fielded the youngest first-team in their first 2 games of the season, averaging under the age of 25, which is a massive change from how things were around 12 months ago when Jose Mourinho was in charge of the club.

Mourinho infamously has a reputation for not trusting young players, which was at odds with the philosophy of the club. Many of the club’s academy graduates have been given starts over the years, which is more than most other clubs in the Premier League.

Apart from the academy graduates, there are players like David De Gea, Luke Shaw and Anthony Martial, who were brought into the club as youngsters and are considered as one of the club’s own. One player from the academy who has been linked with an exit now is Dutchman Tahith Chong.

The 19-year-old winger along with Mason Greenwood, Angel Gomes and James Garner are seen as the set of academy players who are likely to get a lot of chances this season after making appearances last season for the first-team.

The report from Manchester Evening News suggests that Dutch clubs like Feyenoord and PSV Eindhoven were interested in his signature on a loan deal and that Bundesliga and La Liga clubs had also enquired about the player.

Chong is a very exciting winger who excels when he plays on the left-hand side as he can whip crosses into the box or cut inside and make room for the shot.

With cup competitions and the Europa League set to start, it would play a big part in the development of the young players at the club.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

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Chong is extremely tricky and a very busy player who is a real handful for the defenders because he’s constantly harrying the person on the ball, giving them no time to build attacks, which is perfectly suited the style of football that Solskjaer wants to implement at the club.

The United squad has got a little thinner after the transfer deadline and with a run of easier fixtures on paper after two very difficult ones, the likes of Chong are likely to find some game time soon. United will be hoping to build some momentum and cannot afford to offload someone as talented as Chong.