Manchester United loan stars Angelo Henriquez and Vanja Milinković-Savić started their new season this week with both players currently away from the Old Trafford club on loan. Chilean striker Henriquez was loaned to the Croatian side last week for the rest of the season and Serbian goalkeeper Milinković-Savić, a player who was recently confirmed as a signing for United, will spend the new season on loan at his former club.
Here is how I feel both players fared:
Angelo Henriquez – Dinamo Zagreb
The Chilean striker was a named substitute in the 1-0 victory over RNK Split. Duje Čop scored the only goal of the match at the end of the first half. Henriquez replaced Čop on the 73rd minute of the match, did try and help his side find a second goal, he did try and assist Wilson Eduardo with seven minutes remaining, but the resulting shot was wide of the mark. Henriquez did well whilst on loan with Spanish Second Division side Real Zaragoza last season, but it was broken up by an injury and his form was not the same after that. I presume that is one of the reasons as to why Louis van Gaal has allowed the player to be loaned out once again this season, perhaps if this season is considered another lacklustre one for the Chilean, he future at Old Trafford may be at risk, which would be a shame for a player who arrived with a bag full of prospects.
Next Match: Petrolul Ploieşti – UEFA Europa League – Thursday 21st August 2014, KO 18:15
Vanja Milinković-Savić – FK Vojvodina
The young Serbian goalkeeper made his senior debut for Vojvodina in the 3-0 victory over OFK Beograd. The 17-year-old kept a clean sheet, which was a good start for him. Vanja Milinković-Savić started his second match, this time against Mladost Lučani. The 17-year-old did well not to concede a goal for the first 60 minutes of the match. Vojvodina took the lead on the 40th minute through Lazar Veselinović, then conceding a goal on the hour to make it 1-1. Veselinović then completed his brace on the 70th minute to earn Vojvodina all three points, keeping them on par with Partizan and Crvena Zvezda at the top of the league, but in third place on goal difference. It looks like Milinković-Savić is going to get a lot of first team experience this season, which could decide his future when he returns to Old Trafford next season. Could he be fast-tracked to the first team, or will be play in the Barclays U21 Premier League before aiming for the first team, it is certainly food for thought right now.
Next Match: Crvena Zvezda – SuperLiga – Saturday 23rd August 2014, KO 16:00