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26th Jul 2022

Man United’s Alvaro Fernandez links up with Troy Parrott and Robbie Brady at Preston

Patrick McCarry

Alvaro Fernandez

“I’m very happy, and I want to start with this club as soon as possible.”

Ryan Lowe is assembling a decent-looking side as he gears up Preston North End for a Premier League promotion push. PNE’s latest acquisition is Alvaro Fernandez, on loan from Manchester United.

Preston have brought in Robbie Brady on a free transfer from Bournemouth, as well as Ben Woodburn from Liverpool and Newcastle United goalkeeper Freddie Woodman. Not a penny has been spent on those transfers, and Lowe has made two smart loan signings.

On Monday, it was confirmed that Troy Parrott was coming for a season-long loan from Tottenham Hotspur. The arrival of the Republic of Ireland international brings to seven the number of Irish players in Preston’s senior squad.

This afternoon, the Championship club announced that Alvaro Fernandez was also heading to Deepdale on a season-long loan deal. The 19-year-old was named United’s youth team and U23 player of the season, last year, but the club are keen on giving him first-team experience elsewhere.

“I’m very happy, and I want to start with this club as soon as possible,” said Fernandez. “I wanted to go on loan and start to play at a high level. I’ve spoken to the manager about the football, it’s so good. I like his plans for the season so I want to start.”

Alvaro Fernandez

“He’ll challenge Robbie to start”

Interestingly, Lowe sees Fernandez as being the main competition for Robbie Brady.

“Once we’d watched Alvaro a little bit more, we felt he could do a job for us down that side as a left wing back,” Ryan Lowe.

“He’ll challenge Robbie [Brady] to start. Robbie’s got the quality in his left foot, of picking passes out. Álvaro’s got different types of qualities in that he gets at people and he can get past them with high energy.

“He’s a fantastic asset to us. He’s going to be a fantastic football player for Manchester United, but we need Álvaro to help us in our Championship campaign for us to help him to hopefully one day make his Premier League debut for Manchester United.”

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