Ipswich Town sign Manchester United midfielder on loan
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Ipswich Town have signed Manchester United midfielder Ryan Tunnicliffe on loan until January.
The 20-year-old – who has previously been on loan at Championship clubs Peterborough and Barnsley – trained with the Blues this morning and is set to make his first appearance for the club in their final pre-season friendly, at League One side Notts County tomorrow (3pm ko).
“Ipswich is a big club, but the deciding factor was the chance to work with Mick McCarthy,” said the central midfielder.
“He has managed at international level and worked in the Premier League for a number of years.
“My reserve team boss, Warren Joyce, knows Mick well and he said e is straight down the line and good to play for.
“I’m looking forward to it. The reserves at United is a good level but I need to be playing games where there are three points at stake.
“David Moyes is happy for me to go out on loan and I know they will be watching how I do down here.”
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The Bury-born youngster has been at the Red Devils since the age of nine and turned professional in 2009.
He spent the opening six months of the 2011/12 season at Peterborough, making 12 starts and 17 sub appearances for Darren Ferguson’s side. One of those games was Posh’s 7-1 home win over Town.
Upon his return to Old Trafford, Tunnicliffe helped the reserves – managed by Joyce, the man who recently encouraged released United defender Frederic Veseli to join the Blues – win two trophies.
He made his first team debut for United when coming on as a substitute in a 2-1 League Cup win over Newcastle in September 2012, while in February this year he joined Barnsley on a one-month loan, making just three appearances during his short stay.
Tunnicliffe has two years left on his deal at Old Trafford, but says he’d be happy to extend his stay at Ipswich is all parties agreed. He said: “If I’m playing here then I can’t see why I wouldn’t want to stay.
“I’ve got to get in the team first though and perform well. There’s a good squad here and I’ve got to fight for my place.”
Tunnicliffe becomes Town’s 10th signing of the summer following the additions of Dean Gerken, Veseli, Christophe Berra, Paul Anderson, Cole Skuse, Jack Doherty, Jay Tabb, Daryl Murphy and David McGoldrick.
Speaking after Tuesday night’s 3-0 win at Colchester United, McCarthy had said he wanted to make just one more addition before the season-opener at Reading on August 3 indicating that all of his transfer business is now complete.
Lee Martin, Jay Emmanuel-Thomas and Michael Chopra are among the high-profile players to have departed Portman Road this summer.
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