Welcome back to another weekly loan round-up, collating the best news from United’s loanees around Europe into one pint sized weekly article.
Starting proceedings is the undeniable star of the week, Tom Cleverley. Aston Villa have been given a new lease of life under Tim Sherwood, with it vividly evident as they thumped Sunderland 4-0 at the Stadium of Light, with all four goals in the first 45 minutes. Contrasting fortunes however for young Jesse Lingard, whose Derby side have slumped to a poor run of form in the Championship. A 1-1 draw at promotion rivals Norwich has left them in 4th, in a fiercely competitive title race. Fellow Championship star Will Keane also had an unfortunate week, coming off injured in Sheffield Wednesday’s 1-1 draw against Fulham. The young striker will be hoping the time on the sidelines is not too long, as he bids to prove his value to United before the summer tour.
Into League One, and Sam Johnstone finally conceded a goal for Preston North End after a good run of clean sheets. However, courtesy of a Joe Garner quadruple, it was not the end of the world, as Preston thumped Crewe 5-1, to put them two points clear in second place, as they bid for Championship promotion. Also pushing for promotion is Ben Pearson, as his Barnsley side crept into the play-off positions with a comfortable 3-1 win against Oldham.
Into continental Europe and, whilst United were forced to watch defeat on Monday night, Nani was heralded by the Portuguese press for his winning goal in a 3-2 win for Sporting Lisbon. That, coupled with their 1-0 win on Sunday night has seen a return to form for the Portuguese side, ahead of more speculation about his possible destinations in the next transfer window. Also the subject of transfer speculation, Angelo Henriquez has been widely discussed, as it appears that he looks set to make his stay at Dinamo Zagreb permanent once his loan contract expires. A slight shame for the Chilean, who has had little time to prove himself at Old Trafford.
That’s it for this week’s round up, join us again next week!
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