Manchester United are hoping a loan to Antwerp will iron out the rough edges for these two youngsters
Manchester United's long-standing partnership with Antwerp looks to have been resurrected, after an announcement confirmed that Old Trafford youngsters Luke Giverin and Gyliano van Velzen are set to join the Belgian side on loan. The promising stars will join the likes of Darron Gibson, John O'Shea and Ryan Shawcross, who have all taken part in similar moves in the past, and Sir Alex Ferguson will hope they return to Manchester as the finished article. talkSPORT has more...
Name: Luke Giverin
Date of birth: 4 February 1993
Need to know
1) Luke Giverin first arrived at Manchester United's academy as a seven-year-old, making steady progress through the youth system until becoming a part of the United reserve team, where he featured last season.
2) A left-sided defender, Giverin can also play in midfield and has shown excellent ability from set-pieces.
3) As part of the United reserves, Giverin has lifted four trophies, with the Premier Reserve League North and Premier Reserve League National play-off titles, Manchester Senior Cup and Lancashire Senior Cup medals all claimed.
4) Despite his small stature, Giverin is known as an aggressive defender with an excellent engine. His biggest assets are considered to be his passing and technique.
Name: Gyliano van Velzen
Position: Wide forward
Date of birth: 14 April 1994
International: Holland U16
Need to know
1) Attacker Van Velzen joined Manchester United from Ajax in 2010, having learned his trade at the famous Ajax academy.
2) Though he prefers to play as a wide forward, Van Velzen filled in as a striker when fellow United youth players Will Keane and John Cofie were absent through injury, showing off his versatility.
3) The rapid progress of the youngster saw him pick up reserve team appearances with United ahead of schedule, and it's thought that the Red Devils are hoping the loan move to Antwerp is the last step in his development, preparing him for first team opportunities.
4) Van Velzen is often praised for his exceptional dribbling ability, which , when combined with his tall stature, gives the player an unorthodox style.
5) The winger's transfer from Ajax in 2010 caused some controversy, after Van Velzen told his former club he had rejected a move to United, only to return some months later having changed his mind. Ajax then wrote to the Red Devils expressing their outrage, but the issue was eventually resolved.
Will these two promising youngers return to Manchester ready for first team action? Which kids should your club send out on loan? Comment below and have your say