Manchester United's Yorkshire striker signs for Barnsley

Reds signing
Reds signing

Manchester United - who are not exactly over-endowed with goalscorers at the moment - have loaned Barnsley one of their strikers.

Yorkshire-born Ashley Fletcher, 20, has joined the League One South Yorkshire club on a month loan.

Reds signing

Reds signing

Fletcher is a tall and powerful target man with good feet and an eye for goal, and he says he is delighted to have joined just in time for the weekend.

"I'm buzzing to be here," he said. "I've come to get some league experience and help improve the team.

"I'm looking forward to this weekend. Fleetwood 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."

Manchester United, who host Sheffield United in the FA Cup on Saturday, feel the young player isn't quite ready for first team action and will benefit from game time elsewhere.

Barnsley capture

Barnsley capture

In September, Fletcher had hoped to be knocking on the Lous Van Gaal's first team door.

He said he was hoping to follow in the footsteps of other youngsters who had broken through the youth ranks at Old Trafford.

"I'm hoping to replicate getting into that first team, hopefully getting my chance and who knows" he said.

"Just looking at Paddy McNair and players like that, Andreas Pereira for instance, got their chance last year and took it. Hopefully, if I can get that one chance, I can prove to the boss that I am ready."

And Fletcher, from Keighley, still wants to prove to Van Gaal that he is ready to make the step up to the top level.

United describe him this way: "He may look like an angular target man but he has a neat touch and lots more to his game."

He has impressed for the Premier League outfit's Under-21 side this season, bagging a hat-trick in the Lancashire Senior cup against Rochdale.

Fletcher would bolster Barnsley's front line following the recent departures of Simeon Jackons, Michael Smith and Conor Wilkinson.