By Joe Ellis

7th Aug, 2022 | 3:21pm

Manchester United set to send Charlie Wellens on loan to Crewe Alexandra - report

Manchester United Under-21s regular Charlie Wellens is in line to get his first loan by heading to Crewe Alexandra, according to The Sun.

The 19-year-old is the son of former United youth player and now Leyton Orient manager Richie Wellens and made 25 appearances in Premier League 2 last season along with three Papa John’s Trophy ties.

Primarily a right-back, Wellens can also play in central midfield when required and registered six assists in a very attacking full-back role.

He may not find himself thrown straight into the Railwaymen’s back four though after Kelvin Mellor got himself on the scoresheet as Crewe ran out 3-0 winners at home to Harrogate Town on Saturday (6 August).

Alex Morris’ side currently sit second in the fourth tier after two successive wins and Erik Ten Hag would love to send one of his youngsters to the Mornflake Stadium to keep them up the sharp end.

Versatile

You will never hear a manager complain about one of his players being able to play a variety of roles and Wellens is that kind of player Morris will love at the Alex.

He already has former Chelsea youngster Tariq Uwakwe who is equally natural at left-back and central midfield so bringing in United’s teenager would do the same job on the opposite side.

It will make the Under-21s of the Red Devils a lot weaker given his almost ever-presence over the past 12 months but a player can only learn so much by playing academy football.

Now Wellens is nearing 20 years of age, he needs to get stuck into senior football no matter what level it comes at and a season-long loan in South Cheshire would be a fantastic place to start.

It is also close enough geographically that he can possibly still live at home and commute to training each day and any injuries can be looked at by the excellent physio team at Carrington.

In other Manchester United news, United are set to rival Chelsea for the signature of the highly-rated Benjamin Sesko.