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​Man Utd U23 boss Wood: Chong, Garner loans will improve first-team chances

Manchester United U23 boss Neil Wood believes loan moves for certain players will help them get to the first team.

The Red Devils have to decide what to do with several young players, including the likes of Tahith Chong and James Garner.

Both have played for the first team on occasion, but may not have gotten as much game time as they wanted. And Wood thinks loan moves can bring them along.

"That is the next logical step of their carers," Wood told the Manchester Evening News when asked specifically about Chong and Garner.

"If they are not going to be part of the first team there is no reason to keep them playing in the Under-23s, it wouldn't be right for their own individual development. They're at the point now where they need to go play in the league, play in a first-team environment, playing in those games every week where they are going to be stretched and find it hard.

"My advice to them is there is a strong possibility if they go out, prove themselves and do really well there is a chance that the manager might like what he sees and bring them back to be part of his first-team squad.

"The incentive is there, it is not like they're going on loan and we are trying to find an exit strategy for them. They are going on loan to show how good they are, to show what they can do and to make an impact at the club they are going to be at, and hopefully come back to be a Manchester United player."

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