Manchester United’s loan players were again in action this weekend, with three of the players finding the back of the net with Javier Hernandez scoring for Real Madrid, Nani scoring for Sporting CP and Angelo Henriquez again scoring for Dynamo Zagreb. Michael Keane and Nick Powell did not feature for their loan clubs this weekend and 17-year-old Serbian goalkeeper Vanja Milinković-Savić made his ninth appearance at senior level for former club FK Vojvodina, continuing his progression before he arrives at the Old Trafford club next summer.
Here is how I feel the loan players fared this weekend:
Wilfried Zaha – Crystal Palace
Wilfried Zaha played 21 minutes in the 2-1 defeat to Chelsea in the Barclays Premier League. Zaha came on for Jason Puncheon and made a difference with some individual runs to cut open the Chelsea back four, He also played apart in the goal that Frazer Campbell in the last couple of minutes in the game.
Next Match: West Bromwich Albion – Barclays Premier League – Saturday 25th October 2014; KO 15:00
Javier Hernandez – Real Madrid
Javier Hernandez started in the 5-0 win over Levante in the La Liga. Hernandez scored his third goal of his loan spell with a header to make it 2-0 after Cristiano Ronaldo made it 1-0. The Mexican striker played well in the win and showed in some attacks that he was back to his best like he was in the first season for Manchester united.
Next Match: Barcelona – La Liga – Saturday 25th October 2014; KO 17:00
Angelo Henriquez – Dynamo Zagreb
Angelo Henriquez played the full 90 minutes in the 3-1 win over Zadar in the 1.HNL. Henriquez scored another goal whilst being on loan at Zagreb. He’s been playing well taking yet another good chance in the 86th minute to make it 2-1 in the game and has proved that he’s a goalscorer at such a young age and knows where the goal is. The Chilean forward should have scored another goal but it was thwarted by the Zadar goalkeeper.
Next Match: Salzburg – Europa League – Thursday 23 October 2014; KO 20:05
Tom Cleverley – Aston Villa
Tom Cleverly played 90 minutes in the 3-0 defeat to Everton in the Barclays Premier League. Cleverley played okay in the defeat he seemed to have the energy to run all game for the Villa. Didn’t have many chances because Everton are defensively sound all game.
Next Match: Queens Park Rangers – Barclays Premier League – Monday 27th October 2014; KO 20:00
Nani – Sporting CP
Nani played the full match in the 3-1 win over FC Porto in the Primeira Liga. Nan played well in the win against the rivals Porto and managed to grab a goal towards the end to make it 3-1 to his team. He’s showed a lot more effort playing for Sporting and he is starting to show his true potential like should have been doing at Manchester United.
Next Match: Schalke 04 – UEFA Champions League – Tuesday 21st October 2014; KO 19:45
Vanja Milinković-Savić – FK Vojvodina
Vanja Milinković-Savić, Manchester United’s new 17-year-old goalkeeper who signed for the club in the summer and was immediately loaned back to former club Vojvodina made his ninth appearance of the season for the first team in the 1-1 draw with Borac Čačak at the Stadion Borca kraj Morave. Milinković-Savić has come along leaps and bounds this season and it will be a intriguing thought as to where he will play next season. He will be eligible to play in Paul McGuinness’ U18 side, as goalkeepers are eligible to play when they are 19, and for Warren Joyce’s U21 side, but could force his way into the first team challenging David De Gea, which will bring the best out of both players. The latter is unlikely to happen, but it could be an option for the Serbian goalkeeper.
Next Match: Voždovac – Super Liga – Saturday 25th October 2014, KO 13:30
Guillermo Varela – Real Madrid II
Guillermo Varela played the full 90 minutes in the 0-0 draw with Socuéllamos in the Spanish Segunda B this weekend. Real Madrid II have earned 10 points in nine matches so far this season, which is not all that great for a team that continually bring through talented youth, or do they? It is rather strange that Varela opted to move from United on loan only to play for the similar reserve team for the Madrid giants. I very much doubt he will be bat at the Old Trafford club, which was a shame as he did look pretty good when playing for United’s U21’s.
Next Match: Huesca – Segunda B – Saturday 25th October 2014; KO 11:00
Michael Keane – Burnley
Michael Keane was not involved in the 3-1 defeat at home to West Ham United.
Next Match: Everton – Barclays Premier League – Sunday 26th October 2014; KO 13:30
Nick Powell – Leicester City
Nick Powell was not involved in the 1-0 defeat away to Newcastle United this weekend, but he could be in action for Leicester’s U21 side when they play Manchester City in the Barclays U21 Premier League on Monday, if he is not involved with the first team this weekend.
Next Match: Swansea City – Barclays Premier League – Saturday 25th October 2014; KO 17:30