Manchester United young defender Teden Mengi has agreed a loan deal with Derby County, with Wayne Rooney snapping up the teenager for the rest of the campaign.
The 18-year-old is very highly rated at United and even made his senior debut in August last year, coming on against LASK in the UEFA Europa League.
But, the youngster is yet to make his Premier League debut and appearances even in the FA Cup and Legaue Cup have not happened, so he is moving on loan to play in the first team.
Manchester United legend Rooney is in charge at Derby and has used his contacts at the club to sign the England Under-18s man on a six-month loan, according to the Daily Mail.
The Rams are dealing with a number of exits this month amid financial concerns and Mengi is being brought in on loan to help the squad.
Morgan Whittaker, George Evans and Kaide Gordon are all set to leave the club and Rooney needs numbers to make up for those losses.
Rooney has picked up momentum in his first job in management, with Derby County winning their last three Championship matches and moving away from the relegation zone.
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And the Red devils manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer spoke in September of Mengi making more appearances in the first team, but it hasn’t happened as yet.
‘We always had that in the back of our minds that our academy will provide players and Teden has definitely impressed me. It’s different trusting defenders on the big stage, of course it is,’ Solskjaer told BBC Radio 5 Live.
‘You’ve got to make sure he’s ready for it, you see examples of Ajax, who play in a different league, but Matthijs de Ligt… they made him captain when he was 18. You can see something special in them. Teden’s got something special in him. It’s about picking the right moment to give him a chance.’