United set to aid Antwerp
By Adam Marshall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Manchester United are intent on helping feeder club Royal Antwerp stave off relegation and are willing to loan some more starlets to the Belgian club, according to local media reports.
The Old Trafford giants view Antwerp as a useful base for any young signings who are ineligible to play in England, and demotion from the Jupiler League would be a serious blow to United's grand plans.
Hence, it is likely there will be at least a couple of fresh arrivals after the winter break.
Mark Lynch is one prime candidate to head out on loan, with the defender only on the fringe of first team matters and in need of some experience.
Kieran Richardson is another possibility, as the wide midfielder has been working hard to impress in the reserves, but is still short of the quality required to make a real impact at Premiership level.
Imminent Chinese capture Dong Fangzhuo could begin his Red Devils career out at Antwerp, rather than be plunged into the United reserves, and another youngster who could benefit from a temporary switch is the hugely talented Chris Eagles, whose performances in the second string in Manchester have really caught the eye.