Manchester United goalkeepers Kieran O'Hara and Dean Henderson will continue their footballing education away from Old Trafford after securing loan moves away. O'Hara, 19, has returned to League Two Morecambe for a second time this term – this time for the remainder of the season – while Henderson, 18, will move to Conference North side Stockport County for a month.
Both players will hope to make their senior debuts during the remainder of the campaign as they look to impress onlookers from Old Trafford. O'Hara has already had spells at both Morecambe and Stockport this term but failed to make a single appearance for either side.
O'Hara signed professional terms at United in 2014 and despite featuring in the U17 tournament the Future Cup has failed make himself a regular in the club's Under-21 side – making just one appearance for the second string. Speaking during his first spell at the Globe Arena, the Manchester-born keeper admitted he hoped to make his Football League debut at some stage this term.
"It is good experience to come somewhere like this," he told Morecambe's official website. "I've been at Manchester United since I was eight so I am coming up to my 10th year at the club and it is good to come somewhere else. I don't know anything different coming through ranks all the way through to the young team. Coming here is a eye-opener.
"I knew it would be a good standard. Under-21 football is full of young technical players looking to break into the first team at their clubs. Here the emphasis is on trying to win points rather than developing individuals. It is good experience seeing how things are done and seeing how people prepare for games."
Meanwhile Henderson, who is highly rated within the walls of United, will be hopeful of earning a maiden full appearance while at Stockport in the sixth tier of English football. Youth goalkeeping coach Alan Fettis thinks highly of the former Carlisle United youngster and feels he has what it takes to go all the way.
"Dean has the potential become an excellent goalkeeper," Fettis told the United website. "He has that competitiveness about him and doesn't want to be beaten at anything. It's a very healthy attribute to have, of course.
"However, his major asset is that he is technically good. He's still a young keeper who works hard to improve, which is what is expected to play for Manchester United. He has got potential but it's up to Dean to keep striving to improve and, if he does, he could have a good career, as long as he listens to the advice given to him here and works hard. His attitude towards training and games is always first class."