Originally Posted by MickeyOwenIsRED
Theres only so much training a player can do though.
Its how that training translates into matches is what matters. Hence sending players on loan gives a good idea of what the player can do for our club potentially.
The point is surely, if they are loaned to a premiership club then they will be playing exactly the same opposition as if they were playing for United.
Surely to aid their development, when they play premiership teams its better to have the best players around them and they can learn much easier.
Sending Cleverley, for example, to Villa, would just put him up against the same teams we play, but with inferior players and not really do him justice.
I'd much rather see him at United playing lesser premiership teams alongside the players he is training with, day in day out, and developing and learning from the best in the game.