On a week of highs and lows, coupled with a bumper set of midweek fixtures, it’s time to look at the larger picture, and assess United’s loanees this week.
Kicking off proceedings, our dear TC23 finally got not one, but two successive wins, as Aston Villa gained back to back wins against West Brom. A 2-0 victory in the FA Cup and a 2-1 win in the league ensured Midlands bragging rights stuck at Villa Park.
Another player who had a successful week was Angelo Henriquez, with the young Chilean bagging both goals in a 2-0 win for Dinamo Zagreb.
Less success for Jesse Lingard, as his Derby side stuttered and stalled at the top of the Championship. A 2-0 defeat to Brighton on Tuesday night was then further ruined by the Rams throwing away a 2-0 lead against Birmingham within 5 final minutes of injury time to draw 2-2.
Another group of players who endured a difficult week are Bolton duo Saidy Janko and Ben Amos, earning a 1-1 draw against Reading.
Youngster Ben Pearson had his loan with Barnsley extended until the end of the season, on the back of a successful week for the League 1 side.
Fellow League 1 loanee Sam Johnstone continues to thrive for Preston North End. After they fought back to secure a point in a 2-2 draw against Doncaster on Wednesday night, he then kept a clean sheet in the 2-0 win against MK Dons at the weekend.Successive victories against both Coventry and Walsall lifted his side to 7th place, and well in the hunt for play off promotion.
For striker Will Keane, a mixed bag of results, as Sheffield Wednesday lost 2-1 to Blackburn mid-week, but made some amends with a 1-0 victory against Blackpool at the weekend.
Now we head to our Real Madrid contingent, both of which endured miserable results. In the youth team, Guillermo Varela lost 2-0, as the Castilla side slipped to 4th in Segunda B. Similarly for Javier Hernandez, the first team lost 1-0 at Athletic Club Bilbao, with the Mexican not able to provide a final ten minutes of magic from the bench, leaving Real Madrid 2nd to Barcelona as they were leapfrogged in La Liga.
Finally Nani was the hero as 10 men Sporting Lisbon beat Penafiel 3-2. 2-0, Sporting let their lead slip but Nani popped up on the 70th minute to head in the winner to take his tally to 8 for the season.
That’s it for this week’s round-up, I’ll be back same time, same place next week.
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