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Erik ten Hag to make decision on loan moves for Manchester United midfield duo

Erik ten Hag will meet with Manchester United technical director Darren Fletcher to decide on loan moves for Zidane Iqbal and Charlie Savage, according to The Times journalist Henry Winter.

Both are academy graduates and were on the pre-season tour with the squad earlier this month, coming off the bench to produce impressive performances against Premier League sides, including Liverpool.

The Red Devils resumed training in Manchester this week and still have friendly matches with Spanish sides Atletico Madrid and Rayo Vallecano before they kick off their Premier League campaign next month.

Ten Hag is keen to make a decision on the future of the teenage midfielders as he sorts out his squad for the new season.

The Dutch manager will meet with Fletcher to decide whether to loan out the youngsters while selecting preferable destinations to ensure ample progress.

Midfield dilemma for ten Hag at Manchester United

United have needed to sort out their midfield for quite some time, with their options in recent years often deemed substandard.

With the departure of Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic in the summer, United are now down to bare bones for options in the middle of the park.

The new boss favours a pivot in midfield, with Scott McTominay and Fred being the only natural fits for the role.

United have chased Barcelona man Frenkie de Jong for much of the summer, and their chances of securing the midfielder look bleaker as the season approaches.

Ten Hag is now left with Donny van de Beek and James Garner as alternatives to McTominay and Fred, with the latter pair yet to prove themselves at Old Trafford.

Should Iqbal and Savage be allowed to go out on loan and de Jong’s arrival continue to look unlikely, the Dutch manager may need to explore other targets to shore up the midfield ahead of the upcoming campaign.