Manchester United defender D'Shon Bernard is happy with his loan at Salford City.
Bernard has yet to add to his solitary United appearance and knew joining Salford on loan this season would be key to his development.
“I think obviously you get to a certain age and a loan is definitely the right thing," said Bernard, who has noticed improvements in his aerial ability as well as on the ball.
"Obviously not many players want to do it but it's definitely vital for your progression in your career because going on loan (is) gaining experience and you realise what men's football is about."
United helped Bernard decide to join Salford over other clubs and continue to keep close tabs on him, speaking to him frequently as he focuses on improving rather than his long-term future.
“I just want to keep playing, keep getting experience," the 20-year-old also told PA Sport.
“Hopefully as a team we can get promoted into League One. That's our biggest aim for this season. But individually, I just want to keep developing as a player."