Academy quartet agree innovative loan deals

Thursday 01 February 2024 19:30

Manchester United are continuing the innovative loan scheme that has been beneficial to the club's youngsters.

Two of the players, Sam Murray and Sam Mather, are going to the same club in Rochdale. Sonny Aljofree is heading back to Altrincham for a second spell at the J Davidson Stadium club. The fourth Red involved is keeper Tom Wooster. The young Yorkshireman links up with Macclesfield, in the Northern Premier League. All of the loans are subject to FA approval.

Each of the players will continue to train and be able to play for United’s Under-21s group, while benefiting from the experience and challenges of non-league football intermittently throughout the remainder of the season. They will enjoy a greater volume of games and a more diverse range of experiences. 

Tom Wooster in action for the Reds.

The opportunity to still train and play games for the Academy means that the players will benefit from a bespoke and flexible programme, with coaches able to make decisions on their schedule week-by-week.

The Academy devised the scheme last term, sending Sonny Aljofree, Maxi Oyedele and Joe Hugill to Altrincham. Hugill (Burton Albion) and Oyedele (Forest Green Rovers) have since made loans to League One and Two clubs, respectively, during this window.

The various initiatives showcase the Academy’s dedicated support of the local football ecosystem, bringing the north-west football community together to increase expertise and develop the wider game.

Best of luck to our lads!