Manchester United’s loan stars were in action for their respective clubs this weekend. Ben Pearson was the only Manchester United loan player to find the back of the net this weekend, with Vanja Milinković-Savić the only player not featuring due to his league winter break still being active until later this month. Perhaps there will be some more United fringe players being added to out weekly round-up by the time the January transfer window comes to a close at 23:00 GMT this evening. We shall see.
Here is how I feel the loan players fared this weekend:
Tom Cleverley – Aston Villa
Tom Cleverley played 66 minutes in the 5-0 defeat to Arsenal in the Barclays Premier League. Cleverley didn’t have the best of games to be honest because Arsenal outplayed Villa’s midfield so it made it harder for them to try get back into the match. In some parts of the game they kept the ball well and made a threat but they just have not got a goalscorer. Cleverley is out of contract in the summer, but rumours suggest he could be recalled by United from his loan spell, hopefully that is just a rumour.
Next Match: Chelsea – Barclays Premier League – Saturday 7th February 2015; KO 15:00
Wilfried Zaha – Crystal Palace
Wilfried Zaha played 25 minutes in the 1-0 defeat to Everton in the Barclays Premier League. When the England U21 international came on he offered a lot more on the wing and caused some problems for Everton, but just could not turn any of his crosses into a goalscoring chance. Overall Everton defended well for the majority of the game. Rumours suggest Palace could sign Zaha today, ending his spell with United, which has not been the best for the talented player, who seems to have fallen from grace, for now at least.
Next Match: Leicester City – Barclays Premier League – Saturday 7th February 2015; KO 15:00
Joe Rothwell – Blackpool
Joe Rothwell was an unused substitute in the 1-0 victory Brighton and Hove Albion in the Sky Bet Championship.
Next Match: Norwich City – Sky Bet Championship – Saturday 7th February 2015; KO 15:00
Ben Amos – Bolton Wanderers
Ben Amos was an unused substitute in the 2-2 draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Sky Bet Championship.
Next Match: Liverpool – FA Cup – Wednesday 4th February 2015; KO 19:45
Will Keane – Sheffield Wednesday
Will Keane played the full match in the 2-0 defeat to Reading in the Sky Bet Championship. Keane played quite well up front but credit to Reading, they defended really well and cut out anything Sheffield Wednesday threw at them. Keane is a talented player, and providing he is given the chance, a goal could be around the corner for him, which could start to get the lad noticed.
Next Match: Cardiff City – Sky Bet Championship – Saturday 7th February 2015;KO 15:00
Ben Pearson – Barnsley
Ben Pearson played 90 minutes in the 2-1 win over Port Vale in the Sky Bet Championship. Pearson had a cracking game in midfield scoring a brilliant solo goal, grabbing his first goal for Barnsley and he also did everything right in midfield. He was shown a yellow card in the 90th minute for time-wasting. His initial loan spell is due to end this weekend, but Barnsley manager Danny Wilson is keen to keep the player much longer, suggesting that he is one of the first names on his team sheet at this moment in time. Perhaps we will hear of an extension before the transfer window closes later today.
Next Match: Oldham Athletic – Sky Bet League One – Tuesday 3rd February 2015; KO 19:45
Sam Johnstone – Preston North End
Sam Johnstone played 90 minutes in the 2-1 defeat to Crawley in the Sky Bet League One. Johnstone had an average game in goal, making a couple of decent saves but he wasn’t helped by the shocking defending from his team. The Manchester United goalkeeper made one brilliant save from a corner which had to be tipped over the bar.
Next Match: Sheffield United – FA Cup – Tuesday 3rd February 2015; KO 19:45
Javier Hernandez – Real Madrid
Javier Hernandez played nine minutes in the 4-1 victory over Real Sociedad in the La Liga. Hernandez did not really have a chance in the short time he was on the pitch, but he looked bright when he was laying on the last man and made it a real hand full for his former mangers side. Hernandez is not tipped to return to United this summer, with the likelihood of a permanent switch to Italy, with many sides interested in the forward. I had hoped Hernandez was the future for United, but his form last season dented those chances.
Next Match: Sevilla – La Liga – Wednesday 4th February 2015; KO 19:45
Guillermo Varela – Real Madrid II
Guillermo Varela was back in action for Real Madrid’s second side in their 0-0 draw against Trival Valderas this weekend. The Uruguayan has been absent for the last two matches. Real Madrid II are currently top of the Spanish Segunda B a point ahead go Huesca and Real Unión, but with a superior goal difference. I had thought about Varela and the possibility of him making his loan move permanent by the closure of the January transfer window this evening, but that looks unlikely. Perhaps the player will return to United in the summer, but with the recent signing of Sadiq El-Fitouri, that also looks unlikely.
Next Match: Athletic Club II – Segunda B – Saturday 7th February 2015; KO TBA
Nani – Sporting Lisbon
Nani was not involved in the 3-1 victory over Arouca in the Primeira Liga this weekend.
Next Match: Benfica – Primeira Liga – Sunday 8th February 2015; KO 16:00
Angelo Henriquez – Dinamo Zagreb
The winter break is coming to an end in Croatia. In the past week Dynamo Zagreb have played two friendlies; a 4-0 victory over Odds, and a 0-0 draw against Strømsgodset. Angelo Henriquez started both matches, but with them being friendlies, a different lineup started the second half of both matches. Henrique scored the first goal against Odds in the 24th minute of the match. Dynamo Zagreb face Shakhtar Donetsk in another friendly on Monday and their season starts again next Saturday away to local rivals Lokomotiva Zagreb.
Next Match: Shakhtar Donetsk – Friendly – Monday 2nd February 2015; KO 16:00
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