Manchester United striker Ashley Fletcher has joined Barnsley on a month-long loan deal, the club have confirmed.

Fletcher, who is yet to make a first-team appearance for Louis van Gaal's side, joins the Tykes until 6 February. His departure follows the return of Adnan Januzaj to Old Trafford, whose loan stay at Borussia Dortmund was cancelled.

I'm buzzing to be here," Fletcher told Barnsley's official website. "I've come to get some league experience and help improve the team.

"I'm looking forward to this weekend. Fleetwood (Town) are a good side and it will be a good test but with the quality we've got here, I'm sure we can do the business.

"Having trained with the lads this morning, I can see the quality that they bring to the club."

Fletcher, 20, forced his way into Warren Joyce's Manchester United Under-21 squad towards the end of last season and has remained there ever since. His progress continued this season, scoring on his debut for England's Under-20 side in November just 10 minutes after coming off the bench.

A hat-trick for Manchester United's Under-21 side in the 3-2 victory over Rochdale in the Lancashire Senior Cup in September further underlined his credentials as a potent goalscorer.

Fletcher could make his debut against Fleetwood In the first leg of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy semi-final clash on Saturday 9 January.

United have already allowed James Wilson to leave the club on loan in recent weeks, sending the striker to Brighton and Hove Albion where he has found the back of the net twice in his first eight appearances.

Will Keane meanwhile returned from his spell at Preston North End and will be in contention for a place in the first team, according to United youth coach Tommy Martin.