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Two Manchester United Defenders To Leave On Season-Long Loan Deals

CARSON, CA - JULY 14: Timothy Fosu-Mensah of Manchester United looks on during a Manchester United Open Training Session at UCLA on July 14, 2017 in Carson, California. (Photo by Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images)

Jose Mourinho is to trim his Manchester United squad slightly ahead of the new Premier League season.

Departures have been kept to a relative minimum this summer as Mourinho looks to build his squad for the domestic and Champions League campaigns, but defenders Cameron Borthwick-Jackson and Timothy Fosu-Mensah have been allowed to leave Old Trafford on loan for the season.

Indeed, the former’s deal is already done. The 20-year-old has joined Leeds United for the entirety of the campaign in a move that was confirmed by the Championship side on Monday morning.

Borthwick-Jackson made his senior Man United breakthrough under Louis van Gaal in 2015, but found opportunities under Mourinho harder to come by. He joined Wolves last season in what was supposed to be for the season, but Man United cut it short in January as he was not seeing much first team action at Molineux.

WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 22: Cameron Borthwick-Jackson of Manchester United signs a season long loan at Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux on August 22, 2016 in Wolverhampton, England. (Photo by Sam Bagnall - AMA/Getty Images)

Also on the move (temporarily) is the versatile Fosu-Mensah. The Dutch under-21 international, who can play in midfield as well as defence, featured in the senior side’s pre-season campaign but is, according to the Guardian’s Ed Aarons, undergoing a medical at Crystal Palace on Monday.

With the signing of Nemanja Matic in midfield and competition for places in defence as strong as ever, the 19-year-old would have struggled to make much of an impact with the first team this season and as such has been allowed to join compatriot Frank de Boer at Selhurst Park to gain vital Premier League experience.

All going well, that deal should be confirmed on Monday evening/Tuesday morning.

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