Manchester United’s loan stars were in action again this weekend for their respective clubs. Last weekend, it was the end of the season for Saidy Janko, Jesse Lingard, Reece James, Will Keane and Ben Pearson. Only Sam Johnstone and Tom Cleverley are still in action for their sides in England, with the continental loan players still playing league matches at this stage of the season. This weekend both Tom Cleverley and Angelo Henriquez found the back of the net with Cleverley scoring in three successive matches and Henriquez scoring four in the last two matches.
Here is how I feel the players fared this weekend:
Tom Cleverley – Aston Villa
Tom Cleverley played 90 minutes in the 1-0 victory over West Ham United in the Barclays Premier League. Cleverley had a good game in a must win match for Villa. He scored the only goal in the game, scoring his third goal in as many matches, which sees his side move away from the relegation zone with 38 points. Cleverley’s contract at Manchester United expires in the summer, with his final match of the season likely to be the FA Cup final on the 30th May, against Arsenal at Wembley, meaning he could be the second United play to win an FA Cup winners medal, whilst being on loan away from the Old Trafford club.
Next Match: Southampton – Barclays Premier League – Saturday 16th May 2015; KO 12:45
Sam Johnstone – Preston North End
Sam Johnstone played 90 minutes in the 3-0 victory over Chesterfield in the Sky Bet League One play-off, a 4-0 aggregate win which sees the side head to Wembley. Johnstone didn’t have much to do considering it was a game between to good team in the league, but Preston North End found another level and just cruised through the game with The young English goalkeeper wasn’t really tested and every time he was tested he came out with the save. Preston will face either Swindon Town or Sheffield United, with the former 2-1 ahead from the first leg, at Wembley on the 24th May.
Next Match: Swindon Town/Sheffield United – Sky Bet League One play-off final – Sunday 24th May 2015, KO 17:30
Javier Hernandez – Real Madrid
Javier Hernandez played 90 minutes in the 2-2 draw with Valencia in the La Liga. Hernandez had an average game and did not really cause threat to the opposition and was yellow carded in added time at the end of the first half, with Valencia 2-0 up at the time. An early second half goal by Pepe, followed by a late equaliser by Isco shared the points between the two sides. Hernandez is a player who could be shown the door at the Old Trafford club by Louis van Gaal this summer, with more signings expected to rejuvenate his side to challenge Premier League champions Chelsea next season. Hernandez scored three goals in two matches a fortnight ago, but has done little much since, which shows he’s not really that striker many think he is.
Next Match: Juventus – UEFA Champions League – Wednesday 13th May 2015; KO 19:45
Guillermo Varela – Real Madrid II
Guillermo Varela was not involved in the 1-1 draw with Guadalajara in the Spanish Segunda B, which ends their season with them not being able to earn a play-off place this season, meaning they will play in the same league next season. What becomes of Varela, who spent the season on loan from Manchester United will become clearer in the summer.
Next Match: Toledo – Segunda B – Saturday 16th May 2015; KO TBA
Nani – Sporting Lisbon
Nani was not involved in the 1-1 draw with Estoril in the Primeira Liga this weekend.
Next Match: Sporting Braga – Primeira Liga – Sunday 17th May 2015; KO: 16:00
Angelo Henriquez – Dinamo Zagreb
Angelo Henriquez played 90 minutes in the 1-1 draw against Zagreb in the 1.HNL. Henriquez scored inside the eighth minute of the match, his fourth in two matches. Earlier this week, Chilean radio aired an interview with the young striker, who confirmed that he will be leaving Manchester United in the summer, signing a five-year deal at the Croatian club, which is yet to be confirmed. The deal was always on the cards with the Croatian club having a clause in the loan deal to make it permanent, which seems to be the case.
Next Match: Hajduk Split – 1.HNL – Saturday 16th May 2015; KO 16:00
Vanja Milinković-Savić – FK Vojvodina
Vanja Milinković-Savić played 90 minutes in the 2-1 victory over Donji Srem in the Super Liga this weekend. It was the first match for his club since March, with only three more matches remaining before the end of the season. Vojvodina are now in fourth place in the league, eleven points adrift of third placed Čukarički, who cannot be caught. In the summer, the now 18-year-old will make his move to Manchester United permanently, which is what many have been waiting for some nearly a year.
Next Match: Rad Beograd – Super Liga – Wednesday 13th May 2015; KO 18:00