Loan Watch: Nani scores again for Sporting!


Manchester United’s loan stars were in action for their respective clubs this weekend. Nan was the only player to score, which was a spectacular goal and will start suggestions of Nani being needed at United, especially after the 2-1 defeat to Arsenal in the FA Cup on Monday evening. Ben Pearson has seen his own loan spell extended until the end of the season, which will be good for him and his progress with United in the future.

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

Tom Cleverley – Aston Villa

Tom Cleverley played 65 minutes in the 2-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion in the FA Cup on Saturday evening. The victory was marred by pitch invasions both whilst the match was still in play and as soon as the full-time whistle was blown, which took the celebration off the victory. Cleverley played his part in the victory, which was the second time Villa had beaten their local rivals in a week. Recent rumours suggest that Cleverley s holding out for a permanent switch to Everton in the summer, when he will be a free agent, rather that stay at the midlands club.

Next Match: Sunderland  – Barclays Premier League – Saturday 14th March 2015; KO 15:00

Joe Rothwell – Blackpool

Joe Rothwell was not involved in the 1-0 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday this weekend. He will be free to feature for Manchester United’s U21 side, who face Tottenham Hotspur in the Barclays U21 Premier League on Tuesday evening. The FA’s regulations state that if a player is not used by his loan club at the weekend, he is free to represent his parent clubs reserve side during the week. He feature in the 1-0 defeat to Bolton Wanderers in the Manchester Senior Cup last Monday under this ruling.

Next Match: AFC Bournemouth – Sky Bet Championship – Saturday 14th March 2015; KO 15:00

Ben Amos – Bolton Wanderers

Ben Amos’s Bolton Wanderers were not in action this weekend.

Next Match: Blackburn Rovers – Sky Bet Championship – Wednesday 11th March 2015; KO 19:45

Saidy Janko – Bolton Wanderers

Saidy Janko’s Bolton Wanderers were not in action this weekend.

Next Match: Blackburn Rovers – Sky Bet Championship – Wednesday 11th March 2015; KO 19:45

Jesse Lingard – Derby County

Jesse Lingard played 16 minutes in the 2-2 draw with Birmingham City in the Sky Bet Championship. Lingard came on for Jamie Ward to add to their attack, but didn’t create much in the time he was on because Birmingham through everyone forward and managed to get a last-minute equaliser. Lingard is a talent, but seems to still be second fiddle at Derby, but with the amount of matches they still have to play this season, he could be given a starting role for some of them and I am sure when given the chance, he will prove himself to the manager. He has a lot in his locker.

Next Match: Norwich City – Sky Bet Championship – Saturday 14th March 2015; KO 15:00

Will Keane – Sheffield Wednesday

Will Keane played 88 minutes in the 1-0 win over Blackpool in the Sky Bet Championship. Keane played quite well in the win despite not scoring a goal he looked lively in the match and caused Blackpool some problems. The Manchester United forward had one brilliant chance but hit the woodwork. With him scoring twice in his loan spell so far, confidence will be something that builds up and allows him to succeed. Whether his future is at Old Trafford after the summer is a different story though, especially with Angelo Henriquez wanting to return to Old Trafford, according to his family.

Next Match: Fulham – Sky Bet Championship – Saturday 14th March 2015; KO 15:00

Ben Pearson – Barnsley

Ben Pearson played 57 minutes in the 3-0 win over Walsall in the Sky Bet League One. Pearson played well in his defensive role stopped and counter attack that came from Walsall and he also helped in the attacking side of the game, he played a very big part in the first goal which he made a brilliant tackle to win the ball back. His loan spell has been extended until the end of the season, which is good. Warren Joyce seems to be as impressed as the players Barnsley manager, which is a good sign of the players development whilst away from Manchester United.

Next Match: Oldham Athletic – Sky Bet League One – Saturday 14th March 2015; KO 15:00

Sam Johnstone – Preston North End

Sam Johnstone played 90 minutes in a 2-0 victory over Milton Keynes Dons in the Sky Bet League One this weekend. The Manchester United goalkeeper kept his sixth clean sheet for Preston this season and his tenth clean sheet of the season, after keeping four clean sheet on loan with Doncaster Rovers earlier in the season. Johnstone has a good future ahead of him, but quite what happens at United this summer remains to be seen. With David De Gea still not tied down to a new deal, chances are the Johnstone will not be allowed to leave the club, possibly being second choice behind Víctor Valdés.

Next Match: Crewe Alexandra – Sky Bet League One – Saturday 14th March 2015; KO 15:00

Javier Hernandez – Real Madrid

Javier Hernandez played ten minutes in the 1-0 defeat to Athletic Bilbao in La Liga this weekend. It is clear that manager Carlo Ancelotti does not favour the Mexican over Karim Benzema, and there is no reason for him to. Chicharito left United in the summer on loan ironically to find first team football, which is not what he found at Real Madrid and he was never likely to. With Louis van Gaal stating that he did not have a 20 goal a season striker, it is clear that he does not feel the Mexican could offer this, but we are yet to see the players fate, you is wanted by a host of Barclays Premier League teams in the summer.

Next Match: Schalke 04 – UEFA Champions League – Tuesday 10th March 2015; KO 19:45

Guillermo Varela – Real Madrid II

Guillermo Varela played 90 minutes in the 2-0 defeat to Socuéllamos in the Spanish Segunda B this weekend. The Uruguayan right back was yellow carded on the hour for a challenge in a poor showing for the home side. Five yellow cards were shown for Real Madrid II, with Álvaro Jiménez being shown a straight red card. Real Madrid II fell down to fourth place in the league with Guadalajara currently the leaders having two points more. Real Madrid II need to ensure victory in their next few matches to ensure they rise back to the summit.

Next Match: Huesca – Segunda B – Saturday 14th February 2015; KO TBA

Nani – Sporting Lisbon

Nani played 85 minutes in the 3-2 win over Penafiel in the Primeira Liga. Nani played well in the win which saw three red cards and saw Nani score the winning goal in the 70th minute which was a cracking strike from outside the area which resulted in the winning goal in a must win game for Sporting Lisbon. During his loan spell with his former club, Nani has scored ten goals and assisted in seven others in 28 appearances so far, which is good. Could Nani be back? If he is will it last?

Next Match: Marítimo – Primeira Liga – Sunday 15th March 2015; KO 16:00

Angelo Henriquez – Dinamo Zagreb

Angelo Henriquez played 57 minutes in the 2-0 victory over Zagreb in the 1.HNL this weekend. The Chilean striker scored both goals for his side in the 28th and 43rd minutes, meaning he has now scored 14 goals in all competitions this season. In actual, the Chilean has scored 19 goals in total, including the friendly matches played during the winter break and pre-season. Although Dynamo Zagreb are keen to sign the player in a permanent deal in the summer, which was understood to be part of the loan deal, Henriquez himself wants to return to Manchester United, according to his family at least. I would like to see the Chilean given a chance at United in the first team, he surely deserves that after his goalscoring ability this season.

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

Vanja Milinković-Savić – FK Vojvodina

Vanja Milinković-Savić was back in action playing 90 minutes in the 3-0 defeat to Crvena Cvezda in the Super Liga this weekend. It was the 18-year-old goalkeepers first start in 2015 and he was unlucky to concede three goals in the match, which now sees his side in fourth place this season some ten points behind leaders Partizan. Milinković-Savić will move to Manchester at the end of the season to start with his new club and with Ben Amos and Sam Johnstone’s future both uncertain, it could mean that the Serbian goalkeeper could play under Warren Joyce in the new season where he will be able to adapt to life in Manchester. I for one and looking forward to seeing him in action.

Next Match: Jagodina – Super Liga – Saturday 14th March 2015, KO 14:00

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