Welcome back to the weekly loan round-up, concluding what has been a relatively miserable week for United’s loanees, as the first team enjoyed a delightful victory away at Anfield. First things first, after reporting his injury last week, it has been revealed that Will Keane suffered a medial ligament injury in the draw with Brighton, and is set for a sustained spell on the sidelines. A bitter blow to the youngsters development, having suffered an cruciate injury two seasons ago, that robbed him of a place Fergie’s squad for his final season, so here’s to a swift recovery!
For last week’s star Tom Cleverley, it was back to reality for the Villa midfielder, as a late Bafetomi Gomis winner ensured Tim Sherwood tasted defeat against Swansea. Also tasting defeat was Jesse Lingard, as Derby continued to stutter at the top of the Championship, with a 2-0 defeat at Wolves leaving their promotion prospects in the balance. Also in that league, Ben Amos was unfortunate to concede a last minute equaliser, as Bolton drew 1-1 away at Wigan.
We had a meeting of two loanees in League One, as Barnsley hosted Preston North End. Whilst Ben Pearson was absent from the match-day squad, Sam Johnstone continued his presence between the sticks, as the points were shared in a 1-1 draw.
Nani continued his run of form, grabbing the second goal from the spot, as Sporting ran out 4-1 winners at Vitoria on Sunday night. What will come of him this summer remains to be seen, but it is up to LVG to determine his fate. In similar fashion, Angelo Henriquez continued to grab the goals for Dinamo Zagreb, scoring in a 4-1 win as they sit very comfortably at the top of the Croatian league. Much speculation again this week on his option to make the move permanent, but it looks as if the decision will be delayed until the summer.
Finally, we move to Spain, as our Real Madrid continued to have a miserable period. In the youth team, Guillermo Varela suffered his fourth successive defeat, as Castilla lost 2-1, a result replicated in the senior side. Javier Hernandez was reduced to a spectator, as Real Madrid lost “El Clasico” at the Camp Nou, leaving them 4 points adrift of Barcelona in La Liga.
That’s it for this week, and I’ll be back reporting after the international break, as we look at how our stars perform.
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