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Jose Mourinho on the training ground.

Mourinho explains loan policy

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has explained the one key factor when backing loan moves away from the club.

The boss feels it is imperative a young player must get minutes under his belt and regular football while away from Old Trafford and this should be the priority when it comes to such transfers.

The Reds currently have five players out on loan - Joel Pereira (Vitoria Setubal), Dean Henderson (Sheffield United), Cameron Borthwick-Jackson (Scunthorpe United), Axel Tuanzebe (Aston Villa) and Matty Willock (St Mirren) - with more likely to follow soon.

Joel Pereira gives the thumbs up.
Joel Pereira has started a second loan spell in his native Portugal.

“They have to play, that’s the most important thing,” Jose told MUTV. “A good loan is a loan to play. Sometimes players and their entourage, they make mistakes in the way they choose a club to be loaned.

”They just have to play - it doesn’t matter if that team plays to be promoted, plays to not be relegated, plays in England, plays outside of England - they have to play and that’s the most important thing, because for playing bits, playing minutes, to be on the bench, to be a squad player, they can be here.

The domestic transfer window is still open for EFL clubs to make loan signings until the end of the month, and the European leagues also have more time to complete permanent transfers.