Ten Hag blocked from handing debut to exciting youngster due to little-known rule


Erik ten Hag was forced by Manchester United’s injury problems to take a chance on youth players, a decision that has so far produced uneventful results.

Due to injuries to Lisandro Martinez, Raphael Varane, Victor Lindelof, and Jonny Evans, Willy Kambwala has been able to log some crucial first-team time in recent weeks.

The French centre back garnered attention for the wrong reasons at Bournemouth after falling short of Dominic Solanke throughout the afternoon, despite his impressive display against Liverpool.

Luckily for the Man United academy product, Ten Hag has demonstrated a great deal of tolerance for younger players and ought to be given additional opportunities going forward.

Indeed, just a month ago, the former Ajax manager was prepared to let another young defender into the first squad.

The Sun claims that Ten Hag would have like to use Sonny Aljofree in some way in the FA Cup matchup against Liverpool.

But a “little-known” loan regulation cost the homegrown defender, who leads United’s Under-21 team in Premier League 2, a great opportunity.

Since February 1, the Plymouth-born defender and National League team Altrincham have been registered jointly.

Accordingly, the joint loan system has made Aljofree ineligible for the United first team for the ongoing campaign.

Aljofree — son of former United youth player Hasney – has made 16 appearances in PL 2 and has impressed with his defensive acumen.

Considering the trend under the Dutch coach, if the 19-year-old maintains his form he should bag a spot in the senior squad soon.

Apart from Kambwala and Aljofree, Habeeb Ogunneye and Harry Amass have also attracted the attention of Ten Hag’s backroom staff with their defensive showings for United’s youth sides.

Both Ogunneye (right-back) and Amass (left-back) were named on the first-team bench against Liverpool in the Premier League earlier this month.

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