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Manchester United got rid of one of their most passionate players, it’s been a huge mistake – opinion

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Manchester United have severely struggled with injuries this season.

It particularly came to light against Manchester City in the Premier League. United were forced to field a depleted side as it was, not to mention the bench full of unproven academy talent.

It’s been a similar story all season. Manchester United failed to prepare in transfer windows, particularly the January one – where they didn’t buy and sent a plethora of names out on loan.

But one monumental error appears to be actually terminating a loan early, in the case of Sergio Reguilon heading back to Tottenham Hotspur.

Manchester United v Newcastle United - Carabao Cup Fourth Round

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Sergio Reguilon loan termination continues to be a stupid error

The Spanish full-back was sent back to Spurs in January, having spent less than six months around Old Trafford. This has proved to be a grave mistake.

The club decided to terminate Reguilon’s contract, despite the fact they knew Tyrell Malacia was sustaining a long-term injury, and Luke Shaw still wasn’t up to full speed.

To make matters worse, they also let Alvaro Fernandez go out on loan to Benfica, meaning the next fit left-back in the club was, in fact, 16-year-old Harry Amass, who is nowhere near ready for first-team action.

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Reguilon then was shipped off to Brentford until the end of the season from Spurs, evidently not needed around Hotspur Way. It turns out Reguilon’s move back was a ‘club decision‘, not Erik ten Hag‘s – which is entirely baffling.

To make matters worse. He also possessed a trait that some long-term United players don’t even have yet: a passion to win and a love for the club.

Sergio Reguilon loved Manchester United…

Reguilon recently spoke with The Times and reminisced on the Carabao Cup exit to Newcastle United in 2023.

He said: “We were defending the title and we were out. I don’t care if I am here for six months, I was upset. I don’t know how long I was crying like a kid. Bruno [Fernandes] comes to tell me to relax and I still have the same s*** face.”

He also added: “It’s my problem, I am too emotional. I feel everything in football, just like my life. I have to control that more but it’s always been part of me, since I was a kid.”

Reguilon appeared to have a fantastic mentality, despite only just getting to Manchester. He’s further proving this every day, most recently he shared a story during the Manchester Derby supporting the Red Devils.

Reguilon would’ve surely started that fixture, instead, fans were treated to a Victor Lindelof disasterclass at left-back. A huge mistake, and one that has come back to bite United already this season.

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