There is speculation that Sir Alex Ferguson acted in spite because Preston North End sacked the Manchester United manager's son.
22-year-old Ritchie De Laet told the daily Gazet van Antwerpen: "I have a future at Man U", though he conceded not having expected to be back with the team so soon in his career. "During the Christmas holiday I was preparing for matches with Preston North End."
"Sir Alex is the big boss and I do what I'm told. It's as simple as that. We had a good conversation last week and he impressed upon me that I had a future at Old Trafford."
There is speculation that the Belgian defender will be loaned out again: "Sir Alex says it's important that I gain experience. A lot of guys have been on the blower showing an interest, but Sir Alex is biding his time. That's fine by me. Here in Preston I play with the A team so I'm not wasting my time!"
"The idea is to get me working for a team where I can develop my game. We're going to take a great decision together."