Loan Move for Mame Biram Diouf? Good or Bad Idea?


Recent rumours have linked Mame Biram Diouf with a loan move away from Manchester United. Is a loan move good or bad idea for the Senegalese?

Diouf possesses pace, a good spring (useful in the air) and is a cool finisher. After hiss debut I was unsure what we had signed. His touch and passing was poor, but nerves understandably played a factor. Since his debut, Diouf has mainly featured for the reserves and has scored goals with differing and well taken finishes, including a hat-trick against Sunderland in his first start. Unfortunately, his season was curtailed early due to injury. With injuries to Rooney and Owen, he probably would have featured more for the first team alongside Berbatov in a time when the Bulgarian struggled to fulfil the lone striker role.

Rooney is likely to start in bigger games in a lone striker striker whilst against lesser teams Sir Alex has generally preferred a 4-4-2/4-4-1-1 formation. As a result of World Cup and protection from burnout I believe Rooney will play fewer games next season plus the likelihood of injuries others are likely to receive an opportunity. I’m not sure of the stat, but I’d be interested to know the split between the number of games where we played 4-4-2 compared to 4-5-1 for last season? I’m guessing we played 4-4-2 more often. If we follow this trend during the 2010/11 season opportunities are likely to arise for the seven strikers at the club. Competition will be intense, not necessarily for a starting role but a spot on the substitute’s bench. With two out of the seven spots available likely to be filled by forwards.  Two of Owen, Hernandez, Diouf and Macheda are likely to miss out.

Where is Diouf in Man United’s pecking order? Here is how view the situation for start of season:

  1. Rooney
  2. Berbatov
  3. Owen
  4. Hernandez
  5. Diouf/Macheda
  6. Welbeck

Obviously this pecking order is likely to change as the season progresses taking into account form and injuries. With Hernandez impressing in South Africa he has pushed his claims to be in contention. So at 22, where does this leave Diouf, a player Ole Gunnar Solskjaer described as a fantastic potential? Is a loan move ideal as it will allow him to gain first team experience? However, in his absence another striker may leap frog him in pecking order and as a consequence Sir Alex Ferguson may decide his services are no longer required.

Do you think Diouf has the potential to be a future Manchester United player?

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    Jason Freeman on

    I think it would be good for him to go out on loan but it has to be the right club. I think keeping him at the club until January would be best and see how he’s doing then. Fergie’s spoken of how highly he rates him and we’ve seen glimpses of what he can do for the Reserves and in his few sub appearances for the first team. After the pre-season tour I think we’ll know a bit more.

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    Good point. He’s got great potential for a striker but its gonna take alot to become a first team striker. I believe Fergie views Welbeck as more of a wing forwrd than a central striker. Defo injuries will rule out one of Berba, Rooney and Owen at different times of the season and Hernandez being 4th choice will feature prominently from the bench. An injury would always free up a bench role for one of Macheda/Diouf. One might go on loan, most likely Diouf. And sadly a loan move is a slow way of easing a striker out of United. Will have a good career somewhere.

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    Jason Freeman on

    True but Diouf is completely different to Hernandez. Also can’t see Hernandez scoring that many goals unless Rooney gets badly injured (touch wood he doesn’t).

    If Diouf does go out on loan, is the rumoured club Sochaux good enough to have him, are they in Europe? will they create enough chances for him? I can’t see Fergie sending him out on loan to them.

    A loan move could also decrease his value if he doesn’t score many goals, can’t see Fergie selling him then. Which is why it is important (if he is to go on loan) to send him to the right club.

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    Jason Freeman on

    Well Diouf is tall, Hernandez isn’t. Diouf offers more of a physical presence, he offers something different to Hernandez. I think “completely different” was ott. Definitely different though.

    I wouldn’t want him going to Blackpool either. Mid table Prem side would be better but there would be no guarantee of a place. Who have Celtic and Rangers got striker-wise?

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    Jason Freeman on

    4 inches difference in height, not that big a difference, thought Chicharito was shorter and Diouf was taller to be honest.

    Yeah, Rangers lost Boyd and not exactly got a lot of money either. Fergie big mates with Walter Smith. Walter was his no 2 a few seasons back if I remember correctly.

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    Funny story coming out tonight another blog claims we are after Torres for £50 million. My god if that happens, I will run around Liverpool naked. Anyway on Sky bet have suspended bettings on Peter Crouch coming. Sky sports news. com reports Inter have confirmed we have a bid for him and City and they are going to evaloute bid. Out all stories toinght yours in the most honest one. I think Diouf will do well out loan, but renmber what happend to Manchuo what ever his name went out on loan the frist year he came to Hull and where is he no now… need to answer that.

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    DNA all United on


    I’d be seriously upset if Diouf was allowed out on loan with a view to moving him on.
    This boy has something really different to any other striker we have at OT.
    As mentioned above, if it wasn’t for injury he may well have got a better run in the first team towards the end of the season.
    Remember that Beckham was also loaned out to Preston so it doesn’t automatically follow that he’d be sold.
    This boy will score goals wherever he goes!

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    yes it is balotelli. As for Torres agree they would be war if he came. Rivalry would probaly take from the pitch to the streets so no Torres please.

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    Jason Freeman on

    To be fair, when we signed Manucho he was 25, Diouf is still only 22, he’s still going to improve a lot. At 25, you’re not going to improve much. Don’t be too harsh on Manucho either he assisted Danny Welbeck’s 30 yard stunner against Stoke. Didn’t get a chance at Hull and when he did, he scored. Scored 2 in 13 games and most of them games were sub apps. We found him too late.

    Anyway, I think DNA all United summed it up.

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    @ jason I hear Welback might be going to Sunderland on loan. Also I hear tonight we still have an outsdie chance of sign Joe Cole. Man United asked his agent to keep in touch before signing for another club. But to me that weird. Maybe if no one is intersted only West Ham are giving him what he wants.

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    Jason Freeman on

    Not believing anything regarding Joe Cole until it comes out of Fergie’s mouth.

    Welbeck to Sunderland would be a bad move. Frazier Campbell, Darren Bent, Kenwyne Jones. Don’t see why they need Welbeck especially with the 2 promising strikers they have of which I can’t remember their names. The only way I can see this happening is if Brucie buys him as a winger.

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    Jason Freeman on

    One player for me too. 2 at max. Not sure where we would invest in if we were to get a 2nd though. Goalscoring Mid is the only obvious position that needs improving. And we might have that in Gibson or Cleverley, are they good enough to start though? We’ll see… maybe tomorrow night.

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    DNA all United on

    @Jason Freeman

    Sorry mate, i started writing a reply ages ago and then got busy on the phone so didn’t see that you also mentioned Cleverley!
    Gibson? Yeah, could be he’s ready to make the permanent step up, Fergie undoubtedly has faith in him and he does seem to be a scoring midfielder.

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    the manchester eveing news insider forum. He says theres no truth is Baltoelli story and he aslo says dirra could be coming. checked it out. www. manchester eveing news manchester united

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