LOAN WATCH: Cleverley makes debut for Villa & Henriquez scores!

Tom Cleverley of Aston Villa

Manchester United have seen many changes already this season, some players have left for good, other on loan and United have brought in some excellent players to replace them. Here we are again heading into another season and currently there are nine players out on loan from the club. Some players have seen their Old Trafford careers end before they have even left, other need some first team football during a season where they would not make the starting eleven regularly.

Here are some thoughts on how I feel the players currently on loan fared this weekend:

Tom Cleverley – Aston Villa

Tom Cleverley played 86 minutes on his debut for Aston Villa in the 1-0 win over Liverpool in the Barclays Premier League. Cleverley played well with some attacking runs and was a force in front of the defence to stop Liverpool from having really any good chances on goal. He had a pass success rate of 85%. Cleverley is a free agent in the summer, so he will not be coming back to Old Trafford. I wish him well. There was a lot of expectation placed on him at United, and that could have been too much for him. Perhaps he will perform well and earn his England place once again, but that is at the top of a very steep for him at this moment in time. I feel that Jack Rodwell will get himself back into the England fold and cement a place ahead of Cleverley.

Next Match: Arsenal – Barclays Premier League – Saturday 20th September 2014

Nani – Sporting Lisbon

Nani played full 90 minutes in the 1-1 draw with Belenenses in the Primeira Liga. He had a couple of good and bad moments but he should have scored with one of his chances but was brilliantly saved by Belenenses goalkeeper. With United paying his wages to the sum of nearly £5 million this season, the Portuguese winger is till not playing to his potential. He spoke last week about being unhappiness which stopped him from performing for United. I guess he just does not realise that he is yet another player that will never fulfil his potential.

Next Match: Maribor – UEFA Champions League – Wednesday 17th September 2014


Wilfried Zaha – Crystal Palace

Wilfried Zaha played 69 minutes in the 0-0 draw with Burnley in the Barclays Premier League. Zaha looked like there only hope of nicking a goal while he was on because of his pace and ability to glide past players but couldn’t manage to bag himself another goal. Zaha has recently spoken about his desire to do well for Crystal Palace this season and come back to United to fight for his place. You have to admire his determination, but he also has a few lessons to learn before he comes back.

Next Match: Everton – Barclays Premier League – Sunday 21st September 2014

Javier Hernandez – Real Madrid

Javier Hernandez played 27 minutes in the 2-1 defeat to Atletico Madrid in the Liga BBVA. He came on looked lively but didn’t really get a chance where he should have scored and he was yellow carded in the 67th minute for unsporting behaviour. Hernandez is a good striker and could thrive in La Liga. I really hope he does well in Spain this season, but I do feel that he has already played his final match for United, especially if the Radamel Falcao deal becomes permanent next summer.

Next Match: FC Basel – UEFA Champions League – Tuesday 16th September 2014

Angelo Henriquez – Dynamo Zagreb

Angelo Henriquez played full 90 minutes in the 2-0 win over Istra 1961 in the 1.HNL. Henriquez played superbly and managed to bag a goal in the 48th minute to put his side 1-0 up with a cracking finish from outside the box. I have high hopes for Henriquez. Obviously when he was loaned out this summer, we did not know that Radamel Falcao was coming into the side, so now it all makes sense. He will need to work hard in Croatia and get the managers attention with his performances, or next summer he could be on his way out of the club like so many already.

Next Match: Astra – UEFA Europa League – Thursday 18th September 2014

Guillermo Varela – Real Madrid II

Guillermo Varela, fresh from his loan move from United and having already made two appearances for his loan club, which could end up being a permanent switch after the Uruguayan did not settle well in Manchester. Varela played the full 90 minutes for Madrid’s second side in their league match against Trival Valderas, in which they won 3-1. Varela was shown a yellow card in the 56th minute of the match. Hopefully the Uruguayan goes on to have a good career after Manchester. He came highly rated by Warren Joyce, but his departure will only benefit Saidy Janko.

Next Match: Athletic Club II – Spanish Segunda B – Saturday 20th September 2014

Vanja Milinković-Savić – Vojvodina

Vanja Milinković-Savić made his fifth appearance of the season for Vojvodina in their 3-0 victory over Radnički Niš this weekend. The young Serbian goalkeeper, on loan at his former club this season before moving to Manchester at the start of next season, has only conceded four goals this season, keeping two clean sheets. The fact he is playing for Vojvodina’s first team suggests that he is going to be a good goalkeeper in the future and David De Gea could soon have some competition on his hands.

Next Match: Spartak Subotica – Super Liga – Saturday 20th September 2014

Nick Powell – Leicester City

Nick Powell was not involved in Leicester’s 1-0 victory over Stoke City in the Barclays Premier League.

Next Match: Manchester United – Barclays Premier League – Sunday 21st September 2014

Michael Keane – Burnley

Michael Keane was not involved in Burnley’s o-0 draw with Crystal Palace in the Barclays Premier League.

Next Match: Sunderland – Barclays Premier League – Saturday 20th September 2014

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