Manchester United’s loan stars represented their clubs again this weekend, well some of them did. None of the players found the back of the net, but there was some good performances, which for the player that do have a future at the Old Trafford club, will be good for their development. Nick Powell was deemed to be the best performing player this weekend, with many United supporters watching his progress at Leicester City as they see if he sets the Barclays Premier League alight, like he did with Wigan Athletic in the Championship last season.
Here os how I feel the players fared this weekend. We are into another international break right now and only a few players will play for their clubs during this time. We will decide whether this feature will be published after each match a United player features in:
Nick Powell – Leicester City
Nick Powell played 14 minutes in the 2-0 defeat to Southampton in the Barclays Premier League. He came on for Andy King in the 76th minute which was shortly after Shane Long took the lead for Southampton. Powell played well when he came on seem to add a threat to the attack from midfield to grab an equaliser, but the Saints scored from a counter attack and then Shane Long grabbed the second goal of the game, winning the match for Southampton.
Next Match: Sunderland – Barclays Premier League – Saturday 22nd November 2014; KO 15:00
Tom Cleverley – Aston Villa
Tom Cleverley played the full 90 minutes in the 0-0 draw with West Ham United in the Barclays Premier League this weekend. Cleverly had a shot, which was off target and had a pass success rate of 81%, which helped keep West Ham at bay during the match. The former England international was booked in the 69th minute for hacking down Diafra Sakho. Cleverley is not showing the type of form that would make any Manchester United supporter regret letting him leave the club on loan, with his contract expiring at the end of the season.
Next Match: Southampton – Barclays Premier League – Monday 24th November 2014; KO 20:00
Michael Keane – Burnley
Michael Keane was an unused substitute in the 1-0 win over Hull City in the Barclays Premier League.
Next Match: Stoke City – Barclays Premier League – Saturday 22nd November 2014; KO 15:00
Wilfried Zaha – Crystal Palace
Wilfried Zaha was ineligible to play against parent club Manchester United in the 1-0 defeat in the Barclays Premier League this weekend.
Next Match: Liverpool – Barclays Premier League – Sunday 23rd November 2014; KO 13:30
Sam Johnstone – Doncaster Rovers
Doncaster Rovers match against Weston Super Mare in the FA Cup was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. The match has been rescheduled for Tuesday 18th November 2014.
Next Match: Sheffield United – Sky Bet League One – Saturday 15th November 2014; KO 15:00
Nani – Sporting Lisbon
Nani played full 90 minutes in the 1-1 draw with Pacos de Ferreira in the Primeira Liga. He didn’t play well in the game, he kind of had one of them games that everything he did, didn’t come off, which lacked the creativity for his team and he’s vital to that. The Portuguese winger had a couple of chances but couldn’t put his attempts past the goalkeeper. Some suggest that United are keeping tabs on the form of Nani with a view of bringing him back to Old Trafford. That would be a big mistake in my eyes, he’s had more than seven years to hit some kind of form for the club, and never really done that to a consistent level.
Next Match: Espinho – Primeira Liga – Friday 21st November 2014; KO 20:30
Javier Hernandez – Real Madrid
Javier Hernandez was a late substitute in the 5-1 victory over Rayo Vallecano in La Liga this weekend. The Mexican striker seems to be playing a bit part for los blancos this season, which I suppose would have been a bigger role than he would have played at Old Trafford. Chicharito has scored four goals for the Spanish Giants so far this season, which considering the small part he has played, I guess it is not all that bad for him. He was brought on for Gareth Bale with los blancos already 5-1 up at the time with nothing left to do. I do not think the Little Pea will be returning to Old Trafford, not as a United player anyway.
Next Match: Eibar – La Liga – Saturday 22nd November 2014; KO 17:00
Guillermo Varela – Real Madrid II
Guillermo Varela played the full 90 minutes in the 2-2 draw with Las Palmas II in the Spanish Segunda B this weekend. The Uruguayan defender left Manchester United this summer after reportedly growing homesick in the North of England. The move to Real Madrid II will benefit his development, but playing second fiddle football, like he was for United’s U21 side, may not be the right thing for him. If a permanent move develops and Varela does progress, there could be an opportunity for him in the Real Madrid first team, one day at least. I would have liked him to succeed in Manchester, as the right-back position is one that needs another player with Antonio Valencia stepping in when Rafael da Silva is injured.
Next Match: Conquense – Segunda B – Saturday 15th November 2014; KO TBA
Angelo Henriquez – Dynamo Zagreb
Angelo Henriquez played the full 90 minutes in the 0-0 draw with Zagreb in the 1.HNL. The Chilean has been scoring plenty of goals recently, with his last against Red Bull Salzburg in the UEFA Europa League on Thursday, despite his side losing 5-1. Henriquez played well in the Zagreb derby and combined with Piazza on the 79th minute of the match, which could have been the winner. The Chilean has made eleven appearances for his loan club, scoring nine goals, which I am sure will ensure the Croatian complete the purchase of the talented striker, which is a shame as he was never given a chance at United.
Next Match: Hajduk Split – HNL.1 – Saturday 22nd November 2014; KO 14:00
Vanja Milinković-Savić – FK Vojvodina
Vanja Milinković-Savić played the full 90 minutes in the 3-2 defeat to Donji Srem in the Serbian Super Liga this weekend. Manchester United’s 17-year-old goalkeeper conceded his first goal of the match on the 41st minute. It was 1-0 at the end of the first half. Vojvodina equalised in the first minute of the second half with Majit Gaćinović finding the back of the net. Donji Srem took the lead once again just after the hour with Vojvodina equalising for the second tim through a Lazar Veselinović penalty on the 71st minute. Milinković-Savić conceded his third goal of the match 13 minutes from time and there was nothing the home side could do to find another equaliser.
Next Match: Rad Beograd – Super Liga – Saturday 22nd November 2014; KO 12:00