Manchester United youngster Joe Riley joined Sheffield United on loan for the rest of the season, according to the club’s official website.
He was not expected to feature under Jose Mourinho in the near future and now will have a chance to pick up some first-team game time with the League One club.
Riley made two first-team appearances under Louis van Gaal last season, with a brief cameo in the Europa League and playing a half in the FA Cup.
Reports claim Sheffield United have been interested in Riley for a number of weeks but were forced to wait for him to return to fitness after his recent injury.
There’s no doubt that Riley would have been frustrated that he didn’t make it into United’s pre-season tour, and he’ll be eager of making a name for himself during his time with the Blades.
The versatile midfielder will be keen to push on and enjoy more senior football at Bramall Lane as the Blades are looking good for promotion, with Gillingham next up on Saturday.
“Joe is a young player who is comfortable playing on both the right or left and that versatility will be important to us,” Sheffield United boss Wilder told the club’s official website.
“We are delighted to have him with us for the remainder of the season and happy that Manchester United have allowed him to further his development here.”
He had been training with Man United’s first-team for a number of weeks but a loan move presents him with the opportunity to help Sheffield United build on their lead in the League One and pick up some needed experience.