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United youngsters head for Antwerp

Published: Tuesday 11 December 2001, 11.41CET
R. Antwerp FC have taken a two players from Manchester United FC on loan as part of a special arrangement between the two clubs.

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Published: Tuesday 11 December 2001, 11.41CET

United youngsters head for Antwerp

R. Antwerp FC have taken a two players from Manchester United FC on loan as part of a special arrangement between the two clubs.

R. Antwerp FC have taken two players on loan from Manchester United FC as part of a special arrangement between the two clubs.

Exciting prospects
Winger Alan Tate and defender Neil Wood, both 19, have joined the Eerste Klasse side for the rest of the season. Tate was voted United's Young Player of the Year last season.

Valuable experience
The pair follow in the footsteps of current Old Trafford first-team squad members Luke Chadwick, Ronnie Wallwork and Paul Rachubka. All have previously spent time on loan at Antwerp gaining valuable league experience.

Similar tie-up
Another Belgian club KVC Westerlo have confirmed they are interested in operating a similar link-up with German 1. Bundesliga side FC Schalke 04, who were knocked out of this season’s UEFA Champions League in the first group stage.

Short drive
"The interest comes from both sides," said Westerlo president Herman Wijnants. "But it will be a mere sporting co-operation, exchanging players for example. Spain and England are just too far away. I'd rather work together with a club that is only an hour-and-a-half drive away."

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