Manchester United’s loan stars were in action again this weekend for their respective clubs. The season is fastly coming to a close with only seven left at their loan clubs, six of those players in action this weekend. Angelo Henriquez was the only player to find the back of the net this weekend, scoring another hat-trick for his loan club, which could be his permanent club this summer.
Here is how I feel the players fared this weekend:
Tom Cleverley – Aston Villa
Tom Cleverley played 90 minutes in the 6-1 defeat to Southampton in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday. The on loan Manchester United midfielder did not have the greatest match in his career, which saw the now safe Villains lose to the south coast club, with Saido Mané completing a hat-trick within three minutes of scoring his first goal. It was lucky Villa had ensure their Premier League status before this match, or they too could have been part of a three-way relegation battle on Sunday. Cleverley looks ot be recalled to the England squad this summer after scoring three goals in his last three matches, but his luck seems to have run out this weekend.
Next Match: Burnley – Barclays Premier League – Sunday 24th May 2015: KO 15:00
Javier Hernandez – Real Madrid
Javier Hernandez played 27 minutes in the 4-1 victory over Espanyol in La Liga on Sunday evening. The win was not enough to claim any advantage over Barcelona, or drag the race to secure the title into the final match of the season as Barcelona needed a win to crown them champions, which they got against Atlético Madrid. The Mexican striker has played quite a bit of football recently with the injury to Karim Benzema, the player he replaced with less than 30 minutes remaining in the match, with Real Madrid 1-0 up at the time the Mexican replaced the French striker. Hernandez really did not offer anything to his loan club, he had a shot ten minutes from time which was saved, but that was all he really did. His future at Old Trafford does not look as if it will last much past the summer either, even with United struggling up front this season.
Next Match: Getafe – La Liga – Saturday 23rd May 2015; KO 19:30
Guillermo Varela – Real Madrid II
Guillermo Varela played 90 minutes in the 1-0 victory over Toledo in the Spanish Segunda B this weekend. It was the final game of the season for Real Madrid’s second string, who will be glad it is all over after slipping from the top of the league to their final place – seventh, eleven points behind champions Huesca. Varela was loaned to Real Madrid for the season and little has bee reported as to whether there was a deal to make the move permanent, or if he would return to Old Trafford next season, which does seem unlikely.
Next Match: final match of the season
Nani – Sporting Lisbon
Nani played 84 minutes in the 4-1 victory over Sporting Braga in the Primeira Liga this weekend. The Portuguese winger on loan from Manchester United may have to fight for his place at the club next season with three years remaining on his contract and no suitors to sign him permanently, but few options for a loan move, with United expected to pay the majority of his wages. Many seem to still rate the winger, but with the likes of Ashley Young, Adnan Januzaj, Juan Mata, Angel Di Maria and now Memphis Depay at the club, Nani seems to have been left out in the cold, which is unsurprising being that he is so inconsistent and seems to have failed to establish a place in the plans for the club. United may be better off paying him off, rather than paying his wages and seeing him waste his career at a club where he is pretty much unwanted. Sporting Lisbon are guaranteed third place this season, whether they win their final league match of not. They cannot finish higher. The do have a final to play, the Taça de Portugal, against Sporting Braga, the team they beat this weekend.
Next Match: Rio Ave – Primeira Liga – Sunday 24th May 2015; KO: 16:00
Angelo Henriquez – Dynamo Zagreb
Angelo Henriquez played 90 minutes in the 4-0 victory over Hajduk Split in the 1.HNL. Henriquez had an excellent game for his side and managed to score a hat-trick which took him yo 21 goals for the club this season. He could end up switching to the Croatian club permanently in the summer, which is something the player himself has reported stated to a Chilean radio station. Henriquez has done well this season and has a cup final to play on Wednesday, ahead of the final two league matches of the season.
Next Match: Split – HR Nogometni Cup – Wednesday 20th May 2015; KO 19:00
Vanja Milinković-Savić – FK Vojvodina
Vanja Milinković-Savić was not involved in the 1-0 victory over Čukarički in the Super Liga this weekend. Fourth place is the highest and lowest Vojvodina can finish in the league this season. Milinković-Savić will make his permanent move to Manchester United this summer, where the supporters have waited the best part of a year to don the famous United shirt. With the future of David De Gea still being up in the air, the Serbian could be an important part of the future for United, providing he works hard and achieves what he is expected to.
Next Match: Radnički Kragujevac – Super Liga – Sunday 24th May 2015; KO 16:00