Loan move for starlet shows LVG’s intent to promote to the first team next season

Manchester United youngster Joe Rothwell is a player who has shown lots of promise in the under 21s this season and possesses a sensational strike. However, he currently lacks the match day consistency needed if he’s going to contend for a first team place at Manchester United .

According to BBC Sport Joe Rothwell has joined Blackpool on loan until the end of the season and you can’t help but think that first team coach, Louis van Gaal, has orchestrated moves for Joe and 21s team mate Ben Pearson with one eye on their United future.

The 20 year old midfielder will get his first taste of senior football as he spends the remainder of the campaign with a Championship club. He is a great acquisition for Blackpool boss Lee Clark. The tangerines are bottom of the Sky Bet Championship and in need of serious reinforcements if they want to rescue their season.


“Joe is someone we’ve been monitoring for a while and I’m pleased that a deal has been agreed. He’s very highly regarded at Old Trafford and I’m looking forward to working withhim,” Clark said.

Rothwell joined United’s academy at the age of six, and has progressed through the youth ranks to become a regular for the 21s. He is now looking to take the next step in his career and what better exposure than to join a Championship side for the remainder of the year. Blackpool will certainly be an eye opener for Rothwell, who will be looking to impress. Like Jesse Lingard before him could Joe Rothwell be another United success story on loan in the Sky Bet Championship?

His first game for Blackpool could come against Brighton at Bloomfield Road on Saturday

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Sophie Flynn is a freelance journalist and blogger from Anglo-Irish roots. Her obsession with United started in 1994 and she's been a regular match goer ever since. Her favourite players include Eric Cantona, Roy Keane and Denis Irwin.

3 Comments

  1. In the twenty first century, which home-grown youngsters have come close to cementing a place in the first team?

    Evans, Cleverley, Welbeck, it’s not an impressive list.

  2. The point of the article is that this is a manger who intends to bring youngsters in. I’d rather do that than pay Rooney 300k a week, for being past his sell by date.

    • There is no evidence of what Van Gaal will do next season. Young players going out on loan has always happened. It doesn’t mean they will become first teamers on return. It’s just part of their footballing education as promised to them (and their parents) when the signed for the club.

      Your swipe at Rooney shows that really you are writing about how you would like to see the team move forward and not about Van Gaal’s intentions for next season.

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