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Manchester United have loaned midfielder Danny Rose to Conference club Oxford United.

The 18-year-old was named captain of United's reserve team this season but has been allowed to leave on a temporary basis.

He trained with his new team-mates on Thursday and could well make his home debut against Morecambe on Saturday.

His arrival is a welcome boost for Oxford as an injury crisis has hampered their push for automatic promotion in recent weeks.

Jim Smith's side were toppled from the summit on New Year's Day after suffering a 2-1 defeat away at Exeter City.

The loss on their travels was the latest setback for The U's, who have won just once in their last nine league and cup games.

Influential performers Steve Basham, Rufus Brevett and Phil Gilchrist are all sidelined, while Barry Quinn and Matt Day have both picked up ankle problems.

Midfielders Chris Hargreaves, Chris Wilmott and Eddie Hutchinson are also currently out of action.

However, Oxford's biggest problem has been up front as they continue to struggle to find the back of the net.

Without the likes of Marvin Robinson and Rob Duffy, they have managed to score just nine times in their last 11 outings.