Manchster United youngster Nathan Bishop joins Mansfield Town on loan

Mansfield Town have turned to Manchester United for their first choice keeper for next season after signing Nathan Bishop on loan.

By John Lomas
Thursday, 24th June 2021, 4:00 pm
New Stags signing Nathan Bishop - Picture by Chris Holloway.
New Stags signing Nathan Bishop - Picture by Chris Holloway.

After emerging from Southend United’s youth academy, 21-year-old Bishop made his League debut for the Essex club, aged just 18 in December 2017.

He went on to make 30 appearances in League One before landing a move to Manchester United in January 2020 and has played for the England U20s.

Stags boss Nigel Clough said: “Nathan is a promising young goalkeeper with good experience in League One with Southend.

“For a young goalkeeper, to get those 30 games in League One was great for him.

“He showed a degree of maturity in that time, which will have hopefully improved further in the past 12 months.

“Although he hasn’t played too much in the past year, he has trained with Manchester United’s first team every day, which is the next best thing to playing matches.

“You cannot fail to improve in that environment with United’s coaches and playing staff.

“He is the best we can get in this position.”

The Londoner has provided excellent support for his fellow goalkeepers throughout the last two seasons at Old Trafford.

Bishop will remain with United for the beginning of pre-season before joining up with the Stags at an agreed time ahead of the Sky Bet League Two campaign.