Manchester United’s loan stars were in action again this weekend for their respective clubs. On loan Mexican striker Javier Hernandez got a rare 90 minute outing with Real Madrid this weekend, making it the fifth time the player has played the full match for his loan side, he paid his manager back by scoring the second goal for his side in a 3-0 victory. Angelo Henriquez, Will Keane, Vanja Milinković-Savić and Nani did not feature for their respective clubs.
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 Tottenham Hotspur in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday afternoon. This important victory will rise Tim Sherwood’s side six points above the relegation zone, but more importantly, he has beat the club he managed last season. Cleverley played a decent game for his loan club helping maintain possession with a 74% pass success rate, creating one chance for his team-mates with six minutes remaining, but that amounted to nothing. Cleverley won four out of six tackles and half of his aerial challenges, which helped Villa earn the three important points this season. The player is out of contract with Manchester United in the summer with reports linking him with a free transfer to Everton.
Next Match: Liverpool – FA Cup – Sunday 19th April 2015; KO 15:00
Saidy Janko – Bolton Wanderers
Saidy Janko played three minutes in the 2-1 defeat to Norwich City in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday afternoon. The defeat keeps Bolton thirteen points clear of the relegation places with no chance of earning a play-off place this season, so there is nothing to play for but pride. Janice has a great debut after he made the switch on transfer deadline day back in February, but he has yet to match that, and will be unlikely to given the amount of playing time he has been given. Janice did not get involved in the match, which is understandable. Perhaps he will be given more playing time against Charlton Athletic on Tuesday evening.
Next Match: Charlton Athletic – Sky Bet Championship – Tuesday 14th April 2015; KO 20:00
Jesse Lingard – Derby County
Jesse Lingard replaced Craig Bryson in the 78th minute of the 1-1 draw with Brentford in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday afternoon. The Manchester United attacking midfielder had one shot on goal in his first five minutes on the pitch, but it was blocked on the edge of the area. Lingard had 56% pass success with four going stray. Twelve minutes may not have been enough for the midfielder to become involved in the match, but Derby did play a little better when Zak Whitbread and Lingard were both introduced. A late injury time goal scored by Darren Bent rescued a point for the Rams, who should stay in the play-off places this weekend going into a midweek match against the already relegated Blackpool, which could propel the Rams higher in the Championship.
Next Match: Blackpool – Sky Bet Championship – Tuesday 14th April 2015; KO 19:45
Reece James – Huddersfield Town
Reece James played 90 minutes in the 1-0 victory over Nottingham Forest in the Sky Bet Championship in Saturday afternoon. The Manchester United left-back played the role of a left-wing back throughout the match, helping to maintain possession with a 60% pass success rate. James created a chance for his team-mates from the corner with seven minutes remaining, but the chance amounted to nothing. James played twelve crosses into the area during the match with only two successful, which shows he needs to perfect a lot of his gameplay. James won 43% of his tackles, also making two defensive clearances during the victory which saw Huddersfield Town rise above Bolton Wanderers in sixteenth place.
Next Match: Brighton & Hove Albion – Sky Bet Championship – Tuesday 14th April 2015; KO 19:45
Will Keane – Sheffield Wednesday
Will Keane not involved in the 1-1 draw with Charlton Athletic in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday afternoon. The Owls remain in thirteenth place in the Championship with a play-off place out of the window weeks ago, but the side still have their pride to play for.
Next Match: Brentford – Sky Bet Championship – Tuesday 14th April 2015; KO 19:45
Ben Pearson – Barnsley
Ben Pearson played 90 minutes in the 1-1 draw with Chesterfield in the Sky Bet League One on Saturday afternoon. The Manchester United midfielder has adapted to League One football this season after stepping up from the U21 side, which is good to see. Many feel the player could rise to the top, but he will need at least another loan spell in order to see what his level of football is. He is too good for the under-fire U21 league, which does not really offer competitive football, so maybe a loan spell at a Championship club next season could see whether the lad is capable of rising to the next level. He is definitely a player for the future and seems to be one that first team manager Louis van Gaal is casting an eye over.
Next Match: Notts County – Sky Bet League One – Tuesday 14th April 2015; KO 19:45
Sam Johnstone – Preston North End
Sam Johnstone played 90 minutes in the 1-1 draw with Bristol City in the Sky Bet League One on Saturday afternoon. Johnstone could have kept a clean sheet with Jermaine Beckford scoring the first goal of the match in the 59th minute, but just four minutes later, the Manchester United goalkeeper was unable to stop Aaron Wilbraham from finding the equaliser, which kept City eight points clear over Preston North End at the top of the league table. Johnstone has had a good season on loan with Doncaster Rovers and Preston, and could help his side win promotion to the Championship next season with them currently having a five point lead over MK Dons who are in third place.
Next Match: Gillingham – Sky Bet League One – Tuesday 14th April 2015; KO 19:45
Javier Hernandez – Real Madrid
Javier Hernandez played a rare 90 minutes in the 3-0 victory over Eibar in La Liga on Saturday afternoon. Los Blancos close the gap with Barcelona to just one point, with the Catalan club playing later on Saturday evening away to Sevilla. Hernandez scored his fifth goal for Real Madrid this season after 31 minutes, with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring ten minutes before. The Mexican striker as assisted by Alvaro Arbeloa, finding the back of the net with a header into the bottom left corner. Hernandez had four shots on goal throughout the match, two were saved, one was off target and of course the other was his 31st minute goal. With Real Madrid facing Atlético Madrid in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday evening, Carlo Ancelotti rested the likes of James Rodriguez, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema, keeping them fresh in their bid to retain the title they won for the tenth time at the end of last season.
Next Match: Atlético Madrid – UEFA Champions League – Tuesday 14th April 2015; KO 19:45
Guillermo Varela – Real Madrid II
Guillermo Varela played 76 minutes in the 1-1 draw with Tudelano in the Spanish Segunda B on Sunday afternoon. The Uruguayan right-back was booked in the 71st minute, just five minutes before he was replaced by Enzo Fernández, the son of former Real Madrid midfielder Zinedine Zidane. Varela may not have a future at Old Trafford next season, but he may also not earn a place in Real Madrid’s second side. It was a shame to see the young Uruguayan leave the club on a season long loan spell, but it seems he was not happy in Manchester. Real Madrid II have been pushed down to fifth in the league, with a lot to do to get back into the top four.
Next Match: Real Unión – Segunda B – Sunday 18th April 2015; KO TBA
Nani – Sporting Lisbon
Nani did not feature in the 2-1 victory over Vitória Setúbal in the Premeira Liga on Sunday evening. The match saw a player from each side sent off and goals from Carlos Mané and Junya Tanaka for the away side, who sit seven points above Sporting Braga in third place in the league, eight points adrift of second placed Porto and eleven points adrift of league leaders Benfica. Nan has been hit and miss for his former club this season, getting himself into some good form, but failing to reach that consistency level needed. His future at United may not look good heading into the summer, but Louis van Gaal will ultimately make the final decision.
Next Match: Boavista – Primeira Liga – Sunday 19th April 2015; KO: 16:00
Angelo Henriquez – Dinamo Zagreb
Angelo Henriquez was not involved in the 0-0 draw with Slaven Koprivnica on Sunday afternoon. Dinamo had nine shots, four on target, five off target throughout the match with the home side registering five shots, three on target, two off target – but a goal was something that never materialised for both sides. Dinamo are twelve points clear at the top of the Super Liga, with eight matches remaining this season.
Next Match: Lokomotiva Zagreb – 1.HNL – Friday 17th April 2015; KO 17:00
Vanja Milinković-Savić – FK Vojvodina
Vanja Milinković-Savić was not involved in the 1-0 defeat to Napredak in the Super Liga on Thursday evening. FK Vojvodina stay in fourth place in the league and could be at least six points from third place should Čukarički win this weekend.
Next Match: Novi Pazar – Super Liga – Saturday 18th April 2015; KO 15:00