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Three Manchester United players who could replace Tahith Chong at Birmingham City – Manchester Evening News

Tatith Chong’s season with Birmingham City was cut short after suffering a groin injury, having impressed greatly with the Championship side.

Chong is back with Manchester United to continue his rehabilitation, leaving a gaping creative hole in Lee Bowyer’s side.

Speaking after the blow, Bowyer said: “I hope that both clubs can work something out, as you know the budget has always been one-in-one-out. I hope the two clubs can come to an agreement so we can still use him when he comes back towards the end of the season.”

However, it may make more sense for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to send a different player to join the Blues on loan when the window opens up as opposed to waiting for Chong to get fit and feature in the last few weeks of the season.

Here, the Manchester Evening News takes a look at three United players who would not only benefit from a loan move but would be difference makes for the Championship side.

Anthony Elanga

Having experienced first-team football last season, the decision this campaign to keep him at Old Trafford was a wise one.

Elanga is on the verge of the first-team and it made sense to continue his development at Carrington and rotate him in for cup games and the odd league game.

But such is the form of the side at the moment and going out of the Carabao Cup at the first hurdle, the Swedish forward has been unable to play for the senior side and has spent all of the season so far with Neil Wood’s under 23 side.

Elanga has outgrown this level of football and needs to be playing league games to further his talent.

A Premier League loan may be a bit too early for the 19-year-old but he has the talent and temperament to take the Championship by storm and having already scored in England’s top flight, the step below should be the perfect stage to continue his ascent to the top.

Shola Shoretire

Another United youngster who has spent time with the senior squad but finds himself back with the Under 23s this season, Shoretire is another youngster who has outstayed his welcome playing for the youth side.

United boast a plethora of talent in the forward positions so Shoretire hasn’t been able to see the field for Solskjaer’s side.

Though he may get a run out in the third round of the FA Cup, if United are handed a favourable tie, it may be worth sitting him out of that and trying to get a loan done when the window opens, allowing him to play for his new team and help them on a cup run.

Still only 17, the winger has plenty of time to seek first-team football but with his talent, it seems a waste to hide him in the youth team for the next six months.

Birmingham need the help and Shoretire hasn’t looked out of place when surrounded by first-team players. Under the guidance of Bowyer, this could really speed up his development.

Hannibal Mejbri

Had it not been for an injury earlier this season, Hannibal may have featured for the Solskjaer’s side already this season.

Instead, the Tunisian international has spent most of this season on the sidelines, though he is nearing a return to Neil Wood’s side.

When he does get back, it may be worth sending him out on loan to make up for lost time.

Though he plays more centrally compared to Chong and the other players on this list, the Dutchman has featured more centrally for the Blues this season and Bowyer may want to replace Chong’s playmaking ability from a central area as opposed to bringing in another winger.

Hannibal has experience playing against senior sides this season, something the latter two do not, and experiencing life outside of Old Trafford for six months could benefit all parties.

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