Manchester United trio Angel Gomes, Tahith Chong and James Garner nearly left the club on loan during the summer transfer window, according to to the club’s academy player performance manager Les Parry.
Gomes and Chong have featured fairly regularly under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this season, although neither are yet to make a big impression.
Garner was given his debut by Solskjaer last season but is yet to make an appearance for the first-team so far this season.
He was benched for the 1-0 Europa League win over Astana last month.
And Parry, speaking to the club’s official website, has revealed the trio came close to departing in the summer – and that academy prospects are expected to leave on loan in January.
“We’ll plan it out and we’ve identified four or five who might be going out in January. Obviously, our first-team manager has a say,” Parry told the club’s official website.
“Three lads could have possibly gone on loan – Angel Gomes, Tahith Chong and James Garner – but he wanted to keep them here and have a look at them on tour.
“So a decision will be made, no doubt, for January as well. Hopefully, all three will be in the first team and not going anywhere.
“As we know at this club, lads have got into the first team and a lot of it has been through circumstances they’ve got no control over.
“They’ve been presented with an opportunity and they’ve taken the opportunity so now a couple of them are regulars on the team sheet each week.
“We’ve had opportunities that have cropped up from nowhere. That’s football.”
Solskjaer said back in the summer that United’s younger players would be staying because of how they impressed in pre-season.
Gomes was particularly good, scoring a fine goal in a 2-1 win over Tottenham in Shanghai.
And, speaking in August, Solskjaer said: “To be honest, I can see them staying here and making a proper impact.
”They have already, on pre-season, and they did so in February, March and April.
“They did well in training but we never gave them enough game time. Pre-season has shown they have grown over the last six months and they are getting used to men’s football.
“They will get opportunities.”
Another young player to impress for United this season is Mason Greenwood, who has two goals to his name.
But it’s unlikely the 18-year-old will leave the club with Solskjaer determined to give him more minutes over the coming season.