Welcome back to the first loan round up of the 2015/16 season, as we look to assess the performance of United’s loanees and ponder the possibility of them having a future at Old Trafford.
Perhaps one of the most surprising loan moves on the continental deadline day was the move of Adnan Januzaj to Borussia Dortmund. Having started three of the four games this season in his preferred number 10 role, many thought he would look to have a second ‘breakthrough’ season at the club. Yet, after failing to impress LVG, he has been sent out to the Bundesliga, and made his debut in a 4-2 win against Hannover 96 playing final 30 minutes, leaving the side top of Bundesliga on goal difference from Bayern Munich. In his Friday press conference before the Liverpool game, LVG was hinting that he wants him to return better player and that his absence offers chances for Andreas Pereira to break into the first team.
Kieran O’Hara was sent on loan to Morecambe, with the young goalkeeper expected to be used sparingly for the league two side during a one month youth loan, as he gains experience of what it is like to be around a first team squad. The youngster was on the bench as they won 2-1 away to Newport County.
Joe Rothwell and Ben Pearson have begun their second stints at Barnsley, having had successful outings last season, joining on a season loan this time around. The later featured in a 4-1 win against Swindon in League One at the weekend, as they bid to go one better this season, after narrowly missing out on the play offs last season.
Will Keane has been sent on loan to Preston after their promotion to Championship, yet could do nothing to prevent a 2-1 defeat to Derby, despite getting on the scoresheet last month in the league cup. Liam Grimshaw, nominee for u21 player of the season has headed north of the border to join Motherwell until January. The combative midfielder made his debut in the final minutes of the 1-1 draw with Ross County. Tyler Blackett is also in Scotland and reunited with former teammate Saidy Janko at Celtic, as he seeks to gain experience of both regular football in league and in Europe. The Bhoys slipped to 2nd in the league after losing 2-1 to Aberdeen in top of table clash, and will bid to get back on track when they play Ajax in the Europa league midweek.