OXFORD United have ended Sean McGinty's loan from Manchester United several months early.
The 19-year-old was due to have stayed with the club until January, but has instead returned to Manchester this week.
The left back was unable to dislodge Tony Capaldi in the starting line-up on a regular basis and struggled to settle.
U's boss Chris Wilder said: "We've made a decision to send him back to Manchester United and we'll look to bring someone in to cover."
McGinty made two appearances for the U's, most recently as a late substitute in the 1-0 win against Swindon Town in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy last week.