Plymouth Argyle manager Paul Sturrock is confident a deal can be done with Manchester United so that they can keep Red Devils defender Craig Cathcart at Home Park for the rest of the season.
The former Sheffield Wednesday and Southampton manager told skysports.com that Cathcart staying with the Pilgrims would benefit all parties concerned.
"We are definitely trying to work something out with Manchester United so that we can keep hold of Craig till the end of the season," he told skysports.com.
"The boy would like to stay because he realises that his stint here is benefiting his career and we are hopeful that everything will be sorted out.
"I think they realise the benefits of his loan spell here because he would be getting nowhere near their first-team at the moment. The pressures of the Championship will stand him good stead for the rest of his career and he is coming up against all types of different strikers, so it can only improve him as a defender."
The Pilgrims lost on Tuesday night to promotion contenders Birmingham City, with Lee Carsley's strike separating the two sides, but Sturrock believes the result shows they have come a long way since the start of the season, when they struggled to get started.
"They don't come any harder really, off the back of two defeats you can't really get a more difficult opposition than Birmingham, but it told us how far we have improved from the poor start to the season we had."