Loan Watch: Angelo Henriquez finds the back of the net for Dynamo Zagreb!

Angelo Henriquez

Manchester United’s loan stars were in action for their respective clubs this weekend. Angelo Henriquez was the only Manchester United loan player to find the back of the net this weekend (in his first match at least, as Dynamo Zagreb played again on Monday evening). Jesse Lingard made his debut for Derby County in the FA Cup defeat to Reading, assisting Darren Bent to score Derby’s equaliser. Saidy Janko played again for Bolton Wanderers, but it was not a performance many will have been expecting after scoring a goal and assisting in his debut during the week.

Here is how I feel the loan players fared this weekend:

Tom Cleverley – Aston Villa

Tom Cleverley played 90 minutes in the 2-1 win over Leicester City in the FA Cup. Cleverley had a decent game and showed some class and kept the ball well for his team and picked out players with a brilliant pass. He should have scored but he hit the post. Cleverley may be over as far as Manchester United are concerned, but his next move whether it be permanently with Villa or the reported move to Everton could help him revive his career, but I doubt he will earn an England call again, not in my opinion anyway.

Next Match: Stoke City  – Barclays Premier League – Saturday 21st February 2015; KO 15:00

Joe Rothwell – Blackpool

Joe Rothwell was an unused substitute in the 4-4 draw with Nottingham Forest in the Sky Bet Championship this weekend.

Next Match: Blackburn Rovers – Sky Bet Championship – Saturday 21st February 2015; KO 15:00

Ben Amos – Bolton Wanderers

Ben Amos was an unused substitute in the 4-3 defeat to Watford in the Sky Bet Championship this weekend.

Next Match: Nottingham Forest – Sky Bet Championship – Saturday 21st February 2015; KO 15:00

Saidy Janko – Bolton Wanderers

Saidy Janko played 81 minutes in the 4-3 defeat to Watford in the Sky Bet Championship. Janko played as a wing back and suited the position. He attacked really well down the right and caused some problems, but he was also put under pressure when Watford attacked which showed he’s still got a little more to work on but this experience is good for the youngster. His debut was great midweek scoring himself and also assisting, but it is hard to keep that form up all of the time. Janko will get some great experience this season, which questions whether Louis van Gaal will utilise the player in the first team next season.

Next Match: Nottingham Forest – Sky Bet Championship – Saturday 21st February 2015; KO 15:00

Jesse Lingard – Derby County

Jesse Lingard made his debut for Championship challengers Derby County, playing 90 minutes the 2-1 defeat to Reading in the FA Cup. Lingard assisted in Darren Bent’s equaliser in the 61st minute and also had some decent chances to score for the Rams but failed tuck them away. This really proved vital for them towards the end where Reading got the winner late on. Lingard has not shone on his debut like Tom Ince did in his, but he is a talented player and deserves the chance to play just as much as any other. I have high hopes for Lingard and I hope he will achieve his dream and become s fixture in the Manchester United first team in the future.

Next Match: Rotherham United – Sky Bet Championship – Tuesday 10th February 2015; KO 19:45

Will Keane – Sheffield Wednesday

Will Keane played 46 minutes in the 0-0 draw with Brighton and Hove Albion in the Sky Bet Championship. Keane didn’t really create a lot in front of goal in the time he was on the pitch for he was brilliantly marked by the Bright defence. His substitution came after he suffered a suspected knee injury and was replaced by Atdhe Nuhiu. Sheffield Star journalists Dom Howson reported that Keane suffered medial knee ligament damage and he left Hillsborough in a knee brace, which does not look good considering the injury he sustained in June 2012 kept him out for well over a year. Hopefully Keane will recover and get back to fitness soon.

Next Match: Derby County – Sky Bet Championship – Saturday 21st February 2015; KO 15:00


Ben Pearson – Barnsley

Ben Pearson played 90 minutes in the 5-1 defeat to Crawley Town in the Sky Bet League One. Pearson had a decent game in defensive midfield but his side were outplayed by bottom side Crawley who created all the chances and could have easily score more than five goals. Barnsley manager Danny Wilson was sacked hours after the defeat, which would give Pearson the chance to cement a place in the side under a new manager until his loan agreement end on the 8th March 2015, unless he extends it again.

Next Match: Crewe Alexandra – Sky Bet League One – Saturday 21st February 2015; KO 15:00

Sam Johnstone – Preston North End

Sam Johnstone is ineligible to play against Manchester United in the FA Cup on Monday evening. He has already played in the domestic tournament during his loan spell with Doncaster Rovers earlier in the season. He would not have been able to play against United should he not have been cup-tied either.

Next Match: Scunthorpe United – Sky Bet League One – Saturday 21st February 2015; KO 15:00

Javier Hernandez – Real Madrid

Javier Hernandez was an unused substitute in the 2-0 victory over Deportivo La Coruña in the La Liga.

Next Match: Schalke 04  – UEFA Champions League – Wednesday 18th February 2015; KO 19:45

Guillermo Varela – Real Madrid II

Guillermo Varela played 90 minutes in the 1-1 draw with Amorebieta in the Spanish Segunda B this weekend. The Uruguayan right-back put in a pleasing performance with his side coming from behind after an eighth minute goal, equalising in the 26th minute of the match. 16-year-old Norwegian midfielder Martin Ødegaard played in the first half of the match which saw Real Madrid II regain the top spot in the league, level on points with Huesca and Real Unión, but sharing the top spot with Huesca on goal difference. Perhaps we will have to wait until the summer to see what the future holds for Varela, who looked good at United last season.

Next Match: Barakaldo – Segunda B – Saturday 21st February 2015; KO TBA

Nani – Sporting Lisbon

Nani played 90 minutes in the 1-1 draw with Belenenses in the Primeira Liga. Nani had an average game didn’t create a lot just looked really poor like he has done in the past he just kept shooting from long-range instead of trying to pick out a team mate and was booked in injury time for a bad challenge. Nani is certainly not in good form at this moment in time, and with the likelihood that there will be another claret at Old Trafford in the summer, his name surely has to be included. Personally I see nothing that he can offer the club going forward. He’s had many a chance to earn a place, but inconsistency is the players problem and Manchester United need consistency, something which many younger and more talented players could offer.

Next Match: Wolfsburg – UEFA Europa League – Thursday 19th February 2015; KO 18:00

Angelo Henriquez – Dinamo Zagreb

Angelo Henriquez played 90 minutes in the 2-1 win over Lokomotiva Zagreb in the 1.HNL. Henriquez scored with a cracking shot from outside the box to make it 2-1 in the 66th minute. The Chilean striker is certainly scoring many goals in Croatia this season, scoring eight in thirteen appearances in total, which is not all that bad. Henriquez started against Zadar on Monday evening, playing 90 minutes in the 2-0 victory over Zadar which puts them twelve points clear at the top of the league over Rijeka.

Next Match: Osijek – 1.HNL – Sunday 22nd February 2015; KO 14:00

Vanja Milinković-Savić – FK Vojvodina

Vanja Milinković-Savić was not in action this weekend due to his league currently having their winter break.

Next Match: OFK Beograd – Super Liga – Saturday 21st February 2015, KO 12:30

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