Loan Watch: Nani and Will Keane both find the net!


Manchester United’s loan stars were in action for their respective clubs this weekend. Only Nani and Will Keane found the back of the net for their respective teams in what was considered a successful week for United loan players. Nani’s goal was something special, but with his stop/start form, it means nothing unless he is consistently achieving such an effect for Sporting. Jesse Lingard also looked impressive this weekend when he eventually became involved for Derby County and played a part in two goal which saw the Rams earn three points, sending them to the top of the Championship.

Here is how I feel the loan players fared this weekend:

Tom Cleverley – Aston Villa

Tom Cleverley was an unused substitute in the 2-1 defeat to Stoke City in the Barclays Premier League.

Next Match: Newcastle United  – Barclays Premier League – Saturday 28th February 2015; KO 15:00

Joe Rothwell – Blackpool

Joe Rothwell played 22 minutes in the 1-1 draw with Blackburn Rovers in the Sky Bet Championship. Rothwell played well when he came on, he made it hard for Blackburn on the wing and made some decent runs and also won the free kick that could have taken the lead, but the Blackburn keeper made brilliant save.

Next Match: Brentford – Sky Bet Championship – Tuesday 24th February 2015; KO 19:45

Ben Amos – Bolton Wanderers

Ben Amos played 25 minutes in the 4-1 defeat to Nottingham Forest in the Sky Bet Championship. Amos did not have a lot to do when he came on for the injured Andy Lonergan apart from pick the ball up out the net twice, one was a penalty he had to face as soon as he walked onto the pitch, another goal a mere three minutes later. It certainly was not a good day for Bolton, who now find themselves drifting towards the relegation zone, currently six points from danger. Still a lot to do for them this season if they want to remain safe in the Championship.

Next Match: Middlesbrough – Sky Bet Championship – Tuesday 24th February 2015; KO 19:45

Saidy Janko – Bolton Wanderers

Saidy Janko was an unused substitute in the 4-1 defeat to Nottingham Forest in the Sky Bet Championship.

Next Match: Middlesbrough – Sky Bet Championship – Tuesday 24th February 2015; KO 19:45

Jesse Lingard – Derby County

Jesse Lingard played 28 minutes in the 3-2 win over Sheffield Wednesday in the Sky Bet Championship. Lingard replaced George Thorne and offered a threat to the Rams attack and played apart in the last two goals which were scored by Jake Buxton and Darren Bent. Lingard is a class act and will get better, which is why he has been loaned out by Louis van Gaal. The England U21 international made a few attempts on goal, one was wide, the other was saved by the keeper. Derby are in a good position this season and currently sit with a two point lead over Middlesbrough at the top of the table. A victory over Charlton Athletic on Tuesday could give them a bigger cushion.

Next Match: Charlton Athletic – Sky Bet Championship – Tuesday 24th February 2015; KO 19:45

Will Keane – Sheffield Wednesday

Will Keane played 72 minutes in the 3-2 defeat to Derby County in the Sky Bet Championship. Keane played well even though they lost, he scored a decent goal that made it 2-1 to Wednesday. He should have scored another goal from a header but it was saved by the keeper. Not bad for a player who was reported to have damaged his knee last weekend, but seems to have made a dramatic recovery, which was great for the player. Either that or it was nothing too serious.

Next Match: Millwall – Sky Bet Championship – Tuesday 24th February 2015; KO 19:45

Ben Pearson – Barnsley

Ben Pearson played 90 minutes in the 2-0 win over Crewe Alexandra in the Sky Bet League One. Pearson played a big part in the win and really showed how good he can be, he was the reason why Crewe could really get any attack going because he was everywhere and winning every tackle he went in for.

Next Match: Scunthorpe United – Sky Bet League One – Tuesday 24th February 2015; KO 19:45

Sam Johnstone – Preston North End

Sam Johnstone played full 90 minutes in the 2-0 win over Scunthorpe United in the Sky Bet League One. Johnstone had quite an easy game because the Preston back four were brilliant but he was there to save the chances when he was finally called upon late on in the game.

Next Match: Walsall – Sky Bet League One – Tuesday 24th February 2015; KO 19:45

Javier Hernandez – Real Madrid

Javier Hernandez was an unused substitute in the 2-0 victory over Elche in La Liga on Sunday evening. The Mexican striker is not getting less playing time that he got under David Moyes at United last season, which is a shame, but also shows that Carlo Ancelotti does to think he is a better option yo that of Karim Benzema, which he is not. I do not think he will be returning to Manchester United next season, reports suggest he could be off in the summer, but Real Madrid seem uninterested in making his loan mover permanent.

Next Match: Villarreal – La Liga – Sunday 1st March 2015; KO 20:00

Guillermo Varela – Real Madrid II

Guillermo Varela played 90 minutes in the 4-0 victory over Barakaldo in the Spanish Segunda B this weekend. The Uruguayan right back scored his first goal for his loan club, as did new 16-year-old Norwegian Martin Ødegaard in the victory. Real Madrid II now sit two points ahead of Real Unión in the league and have an easier (on paper) run of matches for the next few weeks at least.

Next Match: Leioa – Segunda B – Saturday 28th February 2015; KO TBA

Nani – Sporting Lisbon

Nani played 73 minutes in the 2-0 win over Gil Vicente in the Primeira Liga. Nani played really well and showed in patches of the game what he can really do when he plays well. But the goal he scored topped off a good night which could be a contender for goal of the season. Nani has been in some good form this season, hopefully it continues and he forces his way into selection under Louis van Gaal next season, but I do feel his past will create more of a reason to ensure he is another player that makes an exit in the summer, even though he scored a fantastic goal this weekend.

Next Match: Wolfsburg – UEFA Europa League – Thursday 26th February 2015; KO 20:05

Angelo Henriquez – Dinamo Zagreb

Angelo Henriquez played 90 minutes in the 1-1 draw with Osijek in the 1.HNL on Sunday afternoon. Dinamo Zagreb conceded in the first 26 minutes of the match with an equaliser being scored with six minutes remaining in the match. The Chilean striker, who was reported during the January transfer window to be making the loan move permanent in the summer did not score this week, but having scored eight goal in 14 appearances so far this season. It is a shame he will not make it at Old Trafford, not really being given a chance, but these things happen in football.

Next Match: Split – 1.HNL – Saturday 28th February 2015; KO 14:00

Vanja Milinković-Savić – FK Vojvodina

Vanja Milinković-Savić was not involved in the 0-0 draw with OFK Beograd on Saturday afternoon. Vojvodina have drifted into fourth place some nine points behind league leaders Partizan, which after leading in the early part of the season, does not look that good. They are however only two points from second place, which is not all that bad. The now 18-year-old goalkeeper has spent time at United AON Training Complex before Christmas, which was agreed as part of the deal which will see him be made a permanent player in the summer. Maybe one to sit behind Víctor Valdés should David De Gea not sign a new deal and exit the club in the summer.

Next Match: Mladost Lučani – Super Liga – Saturday 28th February 2015, KO 12:30

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