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Man Utd youngster Mengi tipped for loan move with Derby bound to be admirers

Teden Mengi spent the second half of last season with the Championship strugglers, working under United legend Wayne Rooney, and he’s now set for another loan spell away from Old Trafford

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Manchester United defender Teden Mengi could be set for another loan move in January.

That’s according to Neil Wood, boss of United’s under-23s side.

Mengi spent the second half of the 2020-21 campaign on loan at Derby County.

He played nine times for the Rams, under the stewardship of United legend Wayne Rooney, as they narrowly avoided relegation from the Championship.

He impressed in those games too and was unfortunate that he picked up an injury that sidelined him for the run-in as he returned to United for treatment.

Rooney said at the time that Derby would keep in contact with the Red Devils over the possibility of Mengi returning.

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Teden Mengi could be set for a loan move in January as Man United look to aid his development He said: “Teden has been fantastic for us and we’ve seen him grow with each game.

“We will keep in contact with United and Teden about next season.”

A move didn’t materialise over the summer with Derby hit by a transfer embargo that severely limited the types of signings they could make.

The window closed with Mengi still a United player and he has so far been a regular for Neil Wood’s under-23s.

“I’m not sure if the chance was there for him to go out on loan or not,” Wood told reporters last week when asked about Mengi’s failure to get a loan sanctioned.

“But it is one of them where he spent pre-season with the first-team, he didn’t end up going out on loan and he’s come to pick up game time with us.

“I think for him it is just important he keeps getting game time, he keeps himself fresh and by January his pathway might change. He might end up going out on loan which I think would probably be the case.

“It is important he gets his confidence, he gets himself playing right and he is making himself looking a good player like he has done with the under-23s.”

Teden Mengi (right) in action for Manchester United against his former loan club Derby in a pre-season game As mentioned, Mengi spent pre-season with the first team and even played a friendly against Derby. He got 80 minutes under his belt in a 2-1 win at Pride Park in July.

He has since played a fair chunk of the under-23s’ Premier League 2 campaign but a chance to impress against more senior players has now gone after United exited the Papa John’s Trophy.

That may well play into his thinking as January approaches and he looks to get regular first-team football away from United, just like his peers such as Tahith Chong and James Garner have done this season.

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