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The door is open, Manchester United made a dozen transfers in January

United have not signed, but have sanctioned multiple loan departures.

By Angus Barnes

United have not signed, but have sanctioned multiple loan departures.
United have not signed, but have sanctioned multiple loan departures.
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Donny van de Beek was the first player to leave Manchester United on loan this January and, with the window's deadline looming, Facundo Pellistri looks set to be the last. Pellistri travelled to Spain from Manchester Airport on Tuesday afternoon and he's close to finalising his move to Granada, which will represent his third move away from United. The winger has had two previous stints with Alaves and history shows any player who leaves United on loan several times is unlikely to have a long-term future at the club.

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Pellistri was supposed to leave on loan in the summer transfer window but an injury to Amad, who suffered a pre-season knee injury against Arsenal in New York, blocked his move. There was a clamour among supporters to see more of Pellistri and he was given a huge opportunity when starting against Bayern away from home Munich in the Champions League. Unfortunately, he did not take that chance and his minutes in the subsequent months were limited. Pellistri has been unable to convince he's as effective as a starter. His reputation as an impact player from the bench has remained intact and he's struggled to nail down a starting place.

Van de Beek joined Eintracht Frankfurt for similar reasons. His career never took off at Old Trafford and Ten Hag decided the midfielder was surplus to requirements. He was free to leave in the summer and told reporters after a pre-season friendly that he was open to a departure, but a move didn't materialise and he was forced to wait until January.

The option to buy Van de Beek for €11million, with €3m in add-ons, has been included in the loan deal, which means he may have played his final game in a red shirt. Jadon Sancho is another who might have played his last match for United after re-signing for Borussia Dortmund on loan earlier in the window. The winger refused to apologise to Ten Hag after disagreeing with him on social media in September and a January exit was the inevitable outcome.

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Sancho has two assists in three appearances for Dortmund and he's playing with a smile on his face, but he's not expected to play for United for as long as Ten Hag is manager. Hannibal Mejbri was the other loan departure from the first-team squad this winter. The youngster enjoyed a mini-breakthrough in September but found minutes hard to come by after that.

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