Loan Watch: Nani & Hernandez both score! Johnstone gets Promoted with Preston!


Manchester United’s loan stars were in action again this weekend for their respective clubs, the final weekend in the football season with just the FA Cup final and UEFA Europa League and Champions League finals to play, before some international fixtures, ending the season. Both Nani and Javier Hernandez scored for their loan clubs this weekend, with Sam Johnson earning Championship status with Preston North End.

Here is how I feel the players fared this weekend:

Tom Cleverley – Aston Villa

Tom Cleverley played 72 minutes in the 1-0 defeat to Burnley in the Barclays Premier League. Cleverley had an average game for Villa, he didn’t create much for his team and made many errors which could’ve cost his side, but Burnley didn’t take the opportunity.

Next Match: Arsenal – FA Cup final – Saturday 30th May 2015: KO 17:30

Sam Johnstone – Preston North End

Sam Johnstone played 90 minutes in the 4-0 win over Swindon Town in the League One Play-Off Final. Johnstone had good with very easy game with hardly any saves in the due to his team mates dominating in possession. The young United keeper has been promoted to the Championship with his loan side and he deserves a lot of the credit due to his terrific form in goal. He has had a really good season and whether he could be Manchester United’s number two next season, but he may well want another loan or maybe a permanent move to Preston North End this summer.

Next Match: final match of the season

Javier Hernandez – Real Madrid

Javier Hernandez played 90 minutes in the 7-3 victory over Getafe in La Liga, the final match of the season which saw the Madrid giants finish as runners-up to Barcelona. The Mexican was given a starting role again with Karim Benzema seemingly injured again. Real Madrid were 3-2 up by the end of the first half, with Cristiano Ronaldo completing another hat-trick. Hernandez scored on the 47th minute of the match, assisted by Jesé, his seventh goal of the season in 23 appearances. Hernandez will now return to Manchester United where he will learn whether he has a future at the club. The Mexican was not selected for the Copa America this summer, so he will have plenty of time to recharge his batteries and sort out his future.

Next Match: final match of the season

Nani – Sporting Lisbon

Nani played 61 minutes in the 1-0 victory over Rio Ave in the Primeira Liga on Saturday, finishing third in the league. The Portuguese winger scored the only goal in the match on the 48th minute, finding himself booked on the 57th minute and replaced four minutes later with Junya Tanaka his replacement. Sporting play Sporting Braga in the Taça de Portugal in a weeks time in their bid to end the season with some silverware, which will end Nani’s time on loan with his former club. Reports in the media suggest Nani will be surplus to requirements at Old Trafford next season and he has the chance to find another club, or sit on the fringes of the club earning his monstrous weekly wage, wasting his career all the more.

Next Match: Sporting Braga – Taça de Portugal – Sunday 31st May 2015; KO: 17:00

Angelo Henriquez – Dinamo Zagreb

Angelo Henriquez was not involved in the 1-1 draw with Istra 1961 in the 1.HNL on Sunday afternoon. The Chilean striker, who could be a permanent addition Dinamo next season has done well on loan, scoring 21 goals in 25 competitive appearances, which is a great record. Henriquez won his second honour with his loan club last week lifting the HR Nogometni Cup after beating Split 4-2 on penalties. The final league match against Rijeka will end the season on Friday and will maybe confirm exactly where the Chilean will play next season.

Next Match: Rijeka – 1.HNL – Friday 29th May 2015; KO 16:00

Vanja Milinković-Savić – FK Vojvodina

Vanja Milinković-Savić was not involved in the 3-1 victory over Radnički Kragujevac in the Super Liga on Sunday. The 18-year-old Serbian goalkeeper will head to Manchester this summer ahead of the new season, where he will be seen in the clubs colours for the first time. There is a big rejig with the Academy this summer with the withdrawal from the Northern Ireland Milk Cup, which suggests the club do not want to complicate things by pitting teams in tournaments, whatever the history. The clubs Academy is important and needs to be rectified.

Next Match: final match of the season

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