Welcome to this week’s loan round up, summarising all the events from United’s cohort of 12 players on loan, learning and developing their game in the process.
The most notable player to be in the press this week was midfielder Tom Cleverley. Despite the midlands side enduring a miserable run of form, TC23 found himself dropped by new manager Tim Sherwood.
Kicking off proceedings this week, two players came head to head with each-other, as Derby and Jesse Lingard hosted Will Keane’s Sheffield Wednesday. Despite Keane putting the Owls 2-1 ahead in the second half, Derby struck back with a Darren Bent penalty sealing the 3-2 comeback, taking the Rams top of the Championship table.
Elsewhere in the Championship, Ben Amos was forced off the bench after Bolton’s first choice keeper was injured, but could do little to prevent them slumping to a heavy 4-1 defeat at Nottingham Forest, as Saidy Janko also made the match day squad. Also featuring from the bench was Joe Rothwell, with the youngster playing the final half hour of the game, as Blackpool salvaged a point in a 1-1 draw with Blackburn Rovers.
Into League One, and after being ineligible to face his parent club in Monday’s FA Cup tie, Sam Johnstone was back between the sticks and keeping a clean sheet for Preston. The young keeper played his part as they beat Scunthorpe 2-0, to keep alive their play-off ambitions. Further down the league, Ben Pearson’s Barnsley crept clear of the relegation zone, after a 2-0 win away at Crewe.
Into the Real Madrid duo of Guillermo Varela and Javier Hernandez, is it again the young Uruguayan who is once again maximising his exposure in the youth team. Real Madrid Castilla moved top of Segunda B with a 4-0 win over Barahaldo, with Norwegian star Martin Odegaard grabbing his first goals for Los Blancos. As for Hernandez, the Mexican’s confidence took another hit, with just 18 minutes of game time in the 2-0 win against Schalke 04 midweek, before being an unused substitute in the weekends 2-0 victory against Elche.
Fellow striker Angelo Henriquez also played for Dinamo Zagreb, as a 1-1 draw leaves them sitting comfortably at the top of the Croatian League. Last but not least, Nani. The winger/inside forward has been criticised for his recent slump of form by the Portuguese media, and hit back in spectacular fashion, firing in a 35 yard wonder volley as Sporting beat Gil Vicente 2-0, to make amends for their Europa League defeat at Wolfsburg.
That’s it for this week’s round up, I’ll be back next week with more action to discuss.
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