Former Hearts full-back Demetri Mitchell has returned to Manchester United training for the first-time since leaving Tynecastle, but what does the future hold?

The ex-Jambo picked up the injury against Auchinleck Talbot in February. He suffered a reoccurrence of a knee problem that forced him to miss part of the 2017/18 campaign.

An unfortunate injury. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Now Mitchell, who made his senior Red Devils debut in the 2016/17 season, is training on the grass again.

What does the future hold for the ex-Gorgie man though?

Mitchell won’t be at Manchester United for long

Mitchell really impressed on his first Tynecastle loan stint, prompting Craig Levein to bring him back for a second spell. Things just weren’t the same though.

Seemed to struggle second time round. (Photo by Alan Rennie/Action Plus via Getty Images)

He seemed to think he was playing at left midfield. Mitchell would burst forward all the same, but would often be a liability going back the way.

Overall he made 23 appearances in what was challenging campaign for him.

Where does all of this leave his Red Devils career? The left-back’s Hearts form certainly suggested that he was struggling at Scottish Premiership level, never mind playing at one of the world’s biggest clubs.

Isn’t United quality. (Photo by Allan Dranberg/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Left-back is a problem position for the Old Trafford side though. With Luke Shaw injured, Ashley Young has been used in the full-back slot.

Whilst Young isn’t as good as he once was, the 34-year-old is capable of offering more than Mitchell, based on the latter’s Tynecastle experience.

Hearts’ former full-back may be returning to fitness, but don’t expect to see him in a Red Devils shirt in the near future.

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