View: Alvaro Fernandez form at Preston proves Manchester United made right decision this summer
Manchester United and Erik ten Hag decided to loan out defender Alvaro Fernandez this summer to Preston North End.
That is already proving to be the right decision as the 19-year-old has hit the ground running at the Lancashire outfit.
After being substituted for his first two league games, the Spaniard was given a start in the Carabao Cup clash against Huddersfield in which he was instrumental as they won 4-1.
He rolled his ankle in the first half, so was taken off at the break but in the 45 minutes he played, he made everyone take notice of who he is as he provided two assists.
Via the Mirror, Preston boss Ryan Lowe said, “He is a fantastic talent – you don’t play for Real Madrid and Manchester United if you are not any good. We knew that when we saw him, we knew he’d bring something different to us and he certainly did that tonight.”
He’s also played in the following league games and has also been named in the starting eleven once as he’s gotten over his ankle issue.
United could’ve kept him on for squad depth this season after Alex Telles was loaned out to Sevilla and likely to be sold at the end of the season.
However, ten Hag asked the club to bring in Tyrell Malacia from Feyenoord and that decision has proven to be the right one.
He has not only benched first-choice option Luke Shaw but has been one of the Red Devils’ most consistent players this season along with Christian Eriksen and Bruno Fernandes.
Should Shaw want to leave or made redundant by ten Hag next summer, there’s a very good chance that the Dutchman may give a chance to Fernandez to prove his worth at Old Trafford.
A good pre-season under the former Ajax manager could see him get his promotion to the first team and in 12 months we could be talking about him possibly making his first-team debut.
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