Manchester United’s loan stars were again in action for their respective club this weekend. Wilfried Zaha’s Crystal Palace do not play until later this evening at home to Sunderland, so we will cover his performance, if it is notable after that match, if not, add it into another loan watch article during the week. Nick Powell made his first appearance for Leicester City, albeit a nine minute cameo, but it is a start for the player who was not match fit at the start of the season. None of United’s loanees scored this weekend, many did not play for their respective sides at all.
Here is how I feel the players fared this weekend:
Tom Cleverley – Aston Villa
Tom Cleverley played 90 minutes in the 2-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur in the Barclays Premier League. Cleverley played well even though his side lost. He had most of the ball and was very energetic, also kept Spurs quiet for a long time until Christian Benteke was sent off for violent conduct. Overall, Cleverley had a couple of chances but did not take them. It is fair to say he knows that he will not be returning to Manchester United, with a possible permanent deal on the cards for January.
Next Match: West Ham United – Barclays Premier League – Saturday 8th November 2014; KO 15:00
Michael Keane – Burnley
Michael Keane did not feature in the 3-0 defeat to Arsenal in the Barclays Premier League.
Next Match: Hull City – Barclays Premier League – Saturday 8th November 2014; KO 15:00
Nick Powell – Leicester City
Nick Powell played nine minutes in the 1-0 defeat to West Bromwich Albion in the Barclays Premier League. Powell replaced Danny Drinkwater, making his first appearance for the Foxes since joining on loan in the summer. He changed the game when he came on, adding some strength to Leicester City’s attack. He should have scored from close range but Ben Foster thwarted his effort.
Next Match: Southampton – Barclays Premier League – Saturday 8th November 2014; KO 15:00
Sam Johnstone – Doncaster Rovers
Sam Johnstone returned to Doncaster Rovers starting eleven in the 2-1 victory over Bradford City in the Sky Bet League One. Johnstone played well in the victory and made some important saves for his team which could have changed the whole game completely, if he had not saved them. He made an amazing save in the last kick of the game after Bradford won a corner. The United youngster managed to get his hand on the resulting header.
Next Match: Weston-super-Mare – FA Cup – Saturday 8th November 2014; KO 15:00
Javier Hernandez – Real Madrid
Javier Hernandez did not feature in the 4-0 victory over Granada in the La Liga. Hernandez did feature in last weeks Copa del Rey victory over Cornelà, scoring los blancos third goal of the match in the 4-1 first leg victory. It seems the Mexican striker will be utilised in rotation for Real Madrid’s matches, and could well be unleashed against Liverpool in their UEFA Champions League tie at the Santiago Bernabéu on Tuesday evening.
Next Match: Liverpool – UEFA Champions League – Tuesday 4th November 2014; KO 19:45
Guillermo Varela – Real Madrid II
Guillermo Varela put in another 90 minute performance for Real Madrid’s second string this weekend. Coming off victorious in a 4-1 win over Rayo Vallecano II. The Uruguayan is showing some form for his loan club and it is expected that the deal will form a permanent switch after he became unsettled in Manchester, which is a shame. Varela is going to be a good right-back in the future, and if that happens, United will be able to take some credit in his development. Real Madrid seem to have a good one in their side.
Next Match: Las Palmas II – Spanish Segunda – Saturday 8th November 2014, KO TBA
Angelo Henriquez – Dynamo Zagreb
Angelo Henriquez did not feature in the 0-0 draw with Split in the 1.HNL. During the week, the Chilean striker scored all four of Zagreb’s goals in a cup match against Opatija, with his side winning 4-1 after extra time. Henrique replaced Duje Čop at the start of the second half, netting his first goal in the 90th minute which levelled the tie adding extra time. His second came in the 98th minute with another strike three minutes later. The home side bagged themselves a consolation, but the Chilean was not done, completing his quadruple on the 113th minute, sending his side into the next round of the tournament.
Next Match: Red Bull Salzburg – UEFA Europa League – Thursday 6th November 2014; KO 18:00
Nani – Sporting CP
Nani played full 90 minutes in the 3-0 defeat to Victoria Guirmaraes in the Primeria Liga. He wasn’t at his best like he’s shown in some game while he’s been on loan there. The Sporting side just did not perform and the best chance Nani had was a free-kick which was put wide of the goal. Nan is apparently being monitored by United due to his current form, which has been good, but to be completely honest, he had his chance at United and any attempt to end his loan spell could end in rejection by the player, which would effectively end his time at the Old Trafford club, about time.
Next Match: Schalke 04 – UEFA Champions League – Wednesday 5th November 2014; KO 19:45
Vanja Milinković-Savić – FK Vojvodina
Vanja Milinković-Savić made his eleventh appearance of the season against Partizan in the Super Liga. FK Vojvodina lost the fixture 1-0, with United’s 17-year-old goalkeeper conceding his seventh goal of the season, which is pretty good for a player of his age. Vojvodina currently sit in third place in the Super Liga table, behind Partizan who are top and Crvena Zvezda in second place, only three points behind the leaders and one point behind second place. The Serbian U19 goalkeeper will certainly take his chance at United next season, after a decent display so far this season.
Next Match: Donji Srem – Super Liga – Saturday 8th November 2014, KO 12:30