ManUtd.com recently announced that Philip Bardsley is the latest player to be loaned out.
Burnley have signed defender Bardsley on loan until the end of the season. The 20-year-old, who can play at right-back or in central defence, is likely to be in the squad for the game against Stoke City on Saturday.
Bardsley was part of United’s 2003 FA Youth Cup winning side and made his first-team debut against West Brom in December 2003.
This season he has played in the FA Cup, Champions League and Premiership. It was thought for a long time, especially with both Gary Neville and Wes Brown out with injuries earlier in the season-, that a right back player would be needed to be brought in during the January transfer window, but it is testament to Bardsley’s competent displays as cover in this position- that this didn’t need to happen. Instead players like Van der Sar, Ji-Sung Park, Vidic and Evra have been bought, while the likes of Phil Neville sold. So there is no doubt that Philip Bardsley still has a good future at Man United to look forward to.
Furthermore, as Man Utd Blog reported in a previous post, the reserve team situation is almost farcical without a league format now- so loaning out players is not only the most cost-effective solution, but also the best way to give them real match experience…