Manchester United have loaned youngsters Charni Ekangamene and Sam Byrne to Carlisle United until the end of the season.
Ekangamene is an energetic and tough-tackling holding midfielder who joined the club from Royal Antwerp in his native Belgium. He turns 20 on 16 February, and has been a regular for Warren Joyce’s United under-21 side since the start of last year.
Byrne, an 18-year-old striker born in Dublin, played in the Reds’ Uefa Youth League campaign earlier this season. Both are heading out on loan for the first time.
United have loaned several players to the Cumbrians recently, with Reece James, Ben Amos and Tom Lawrence gaining valuable experience for the Brunton Park outfit already this season, while Hull defender James Chester also headed to the border city for the first part of the 2010/11 season when still on the Reds’ books.
We wish Charni and Sam well, and you can keep tabs on their progress via ManUtd.com’s regular updates on all United’s on-loan players.