Manchester United’s loan stars were in action again this week for their respective clubs. There were no goals scored by United’s loan stars this week, but the likes of Jesse Lingard and Ben Pearson continued to impress their respective managers. Will Keane was still not involved for his side on Tuesday night, and with three matches remaining this season, time is running out for him to make a return. Javier Hernandez was not even in the squad for Real Madrid, despite scoring for them at the weekend.
Here is how I feel the players fared this week:
Saidy Janko – Bolton Wanderers
Saidy Janko was an injury time substitute in the 1-1 draw with Charlton Athletic in the Sky Bet Championship on Tuesday evening. The Manchester United defender replaced Josh Vela in the 92nd minute of the match and really did not have the chance to get involved. This is the second time Janko has been substituted on in the dying minutes of the match. I would like to see him get some more game time this season, but his manager will see more that I do, so there must be a reason why he’s not getting more time on this pitch.
Next Match: Brentford – Sky Bet Championship – Saturday 18th April 2015; KO 15:00
Jesse Lingard – Derby County
Jesse Lingard played 90 minutes in the 4-0 victory over Blackpool in the Sky Bet Championship on Tuesday evening. The newly relegated North West side have nothing to play for in their remaining matches this season and it was a must win match for the Rams in order for them to remain in with a chance in a play-off place to earn a place in the Barclays Premier League next season. Lingard had three shots on goal, all were off target, which was a shame. His passing was second to none with 96% accuracy and he created two key chances for his team-mates, which amounted to nothing. Hopefully Lingard will play more with the Rams’ newly found confidence.
Next Match: Huddersfield Town – Sky Bet Championship – Saturday 18th April 2015; KO 15:00
Reece James – Huddersfield Town
Reece James played 90 minutes in the 0-0 draw with Brighton & Hove Albion in the Sky Bet Championship on Tuesday evening. Huddersfield should be safe this season with them currently above the relegation zone by 13 points. James again played in the left full back role he played at the weekend covering his area well. He was booked in the 72nd minute of the match.
Next Match: Derby County – Sky Bet Championship – Saturday 18th April 2015; KO 15:00
Will Keane – Sheffield Wednesday
Will Keane was not involved in the 1-0 victory over Brentford in the Sky Bet Championship on Tuesday evening.
Next Match: AFC Bournemouth – Sky Bet Championship – Saturday 18th April 2015; KO 15:00
Ben Pearson – Barnsley
Ben Pearson played 90 minutes in the 1-1 draw with Notts County in the Sky Bet League One on Tuesday evening. The Manchester United midfielder, who has adapted to League One from the U21 league is a player that the Old Trafford club will be keeping an eye on. The player is enjoying his time on loan with the Tykes, which he himself confirmed in an interview with MUTV. I would like to see Pearson loaned out next season, but to a Championship side, which could be more of a challenge for the midfielder and get him ready for the United first team, should he feature in Louis van Gaal’s plans in the 2016/17 season, should he be ready of course.
Next Match: Peterborough United – Sky Bet League One – Saturday 18th April 2015; KO 15:00
Sam Johnstone – Preston North End
Sam Johnstone played 90 minutes in the 2-2 draw with Gillingham in the Sky Bet League One on Tuesday evening. The Manchester United goalkeeper is doing well this season and kept many clean sheets for Preston and Doncaster Rovers, where he had a spell on loan earlier in the season. Johnstone was unlucky not to keep a clean sheet again with Preston 2-0 up by the end of the first half. A goal for Gillingham just before the hour saw them back in the match and a 90th minute equaliser settled the match as a draw. Preston are still in second place and have a lead of three points over MK Dons, so they will need a win on Friday away to Port Vale, or MK Dons could overtake them this weekend.
Next Match: Port Vale – Sky Bet League One – Friday 17th April 2015; KO 19:45
Javier Hernandez – Real Madrid
Javier Hernandez was not involved in the 0-0 draw with Atlético Madrid in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday evening.
Next Match: Málaga – La Liga – Saturday 18th April 2015; KO 19:00