Manchester United defender Craig Cathcart has signed with Belgian satellite club Royal Antwerp on-loan until January.

The U18s captain, who skippered United to the FA Youth Cup final last season, is the first Reds youngster of the season to embark on a temporary move to the Bosuil Stadium.

Six players made the move to Belgium last season - Fraizer Campbell, Darron Gibson, Jonny Evans, Danny Simpson, Ryan Shawcross and David Gray - but fewer players will leave Carrington on loan this term.