Manchester United trio Brandon Williams, Daniel James and Jesse Lingard are all attracting interest during the January transfer window, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to keep hold of them rather than let them head out on loan.
Chances have been limited for the three players this season, with James making the most Premier League appearances (6), but Williams only on one and Lingard yet to turn out in the league so far this campaign.
With the Red Devils second in the league and playing well, opportunities do not seem likely to crop up any time soon, but Solskjaer knows it is a long and busy season, with injuries sure to happen.
Southampton have made an initial approach for Williams, reports the Telegraph, but United have turned it down as they are keen to keep hold of him.
While a move for any of the three players is not completely out of the question, it is Solskjaer’s preference to keep hold of all his players and have them ready to take part whenever required.
‘This season is going to be about the squad and rotation and to have the right players playing at the right time,’ said Solskjaer.
‘When City had eight days [rest] from the last game, you see the quality goes up straight away. Physically, the game was more demanding than any of the other previous games in the league probably and I think it’s important for every player and every team.
‘I see the difference when you have got a full week – what in Germany they call ‘not an English week’ – because the English week you play every three days, every week and it’s very demanding.’
United do indeed have a very busy schedule, with eight games in total over January, as they compete in the Premier League, EFL Cup and FA Cup, before beginning their Europa League campaign in February.