Manchester United’s loan stars were in action again this weekend for their respective clubs. Most of the loan players made appearances for their respective clubs this weekend with Reece James, Jesse Lingard and Angelo Henriquez all scoring for their loan clubs, which was great to see. Will Keane was still not back in action for his loan club and with two matches remaining, his season with the Owls could well be over.
Here is how I feel the players fared this weekend:
Tom Cleverley – Aston Villa
Tom Cleverley played 90 minutes in the 2-1 win over Liverpool in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley one Sunday. Cleverley was one of the stand out players in the win, giving his all and was a candidate for Man of the Match. The English midfielder had a couple of good chance to score but hit them both wide of the target.
Next Match: Manchester City – Barclays Premier League – Saturday 25th April 2015; KO 17:30
Saidy Janko – Bolton Wanderers
Saidy Janko played ten minutes in the 2-2 draw with Brentford in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday afternoon. Janice was not on the pitch long enough to get involved in the match, but did have a 50% pass success rate with two of his four passes reaching a team-mate. The Manchester United defender won 67% of his tackles also making one clearance and one interception. With two matches remaining and with Bolton safe in the Championship this season, perhaps Janko play a bit more for his loan club.
Next Match: AFC Bournemouth – Sky Bet Championship – Monday 27th April 2015; KO 19:45
Jesse Lingard – Derby County
Jesse Lingard played 90 minutes in the 4-4 draw with Huddersfield Town in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday. The Manchester United attacking midfielder completed 87% of his passes successfully, having two shots on goal; one was scored in the 61st minute, which was the equaliser (3-3) and the other was blocked. Lingard created one chance for his team-mates, won 75% of his tackles and 67% of his aerial duals, making one clearance, one block and committing three fouls. Lingard is having a good spell in loan with Derby, who look to have all but secured a place in the play-off, which could see Lingard’s season extended slightly with a place in the Barclays Premier League at stake.
Next Match: Millwall – Sky Bet Championship – Saturday 25th April 2015; KO 15:00
Reece James – Huddersfield Town
Reece James played 90 minutes in the 4-4 draw against Derby County in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday. The Manchester United defender playing in the left wing-back position again, scoring his first goal for the club inside the 45th minute, which saw Huddersfield Town go 3-1 up into the break. James was booked in the final minute of the match. James had 73% os his passes reach their man successfully, creating two chances for his team-mates from nine crosses into the area, winning 50% of his tackles and 100% of his aerial challenges. James made one interception, two clearances, committing one fouls for which he was booked.
Next Match: Blackburn Rovers – Sky Bet Championship – Saturday 25th April 2015; KO 15:00
Will Keane – Sheffield Wednesday
Will Keane was not involved in the 2-2 draw with AFC Bournemouth in the Sky Bet Championship this weekend. With only two matches of the season remaining, should Bournemouth achieve automatic promotion to the Barclays Premier League, Keane’s season may be over.
Next Match: Leeds United – Sky Bet Championship – Saturday 25th April 2015; KO 12:30
Ben Pearson – Barnsley
Ben Pearson played 34 minutes in the 1-1 draw with Peterborough United in the Sky Bet League One on Saturday. Pearson replaced Paul Digby in the 56th minute of the match, with Barnsley 1-0 down at that time. Barnsley equalised in injury time to earn the draw, which keeps them in tenth place in the table at this stage of the season. A play-off place is out of the question for the South Yorkshire side, but they have their pride to play for. Pearson has done well establishing his place for his loan club, and wants to earn a first team place under Louis van Gaal at Manchester United. Perhaps he may travel on pre-season and be given time ahead of a decision being made ahead of next season, where United will need a bigger squad, should they earn European football.
Next Match: Bradford City – Sky Bet League One – Saturday 25th April 2015; KO 15:00
Sam Johnstone – Preston North End
Sam Johnstone played 90 minutes in the 2-2 draw with Port Vale in the Sky Bet League One on Friday evening. Preston took the lead inside twelve minutes, but a 52nd minute penalty by Port Vale levelled the score. Preston took the lead seven minutes later through a penalty of their own, but another given away in the final five minutes meant the home side levelled the match, again from the spot. It was unfortunate for Johnstone that conceding two penalties cost the away side all three points. Preston are currently still in second place in League One, sitting one point above MK Dons.
Next Match: Notts County – Sky Bet League One – Tuesday 21st April 2015; KO 19:45
Javier Hernandez – Real Madrid
Javier Hernandez played 84 minutes in the 3-1 win over Malaga in the La Liga this weekend. Hernandez came on as a substitute for Gareth Bale in the sixth minute who was substituted due to injury. The Mexican forward did not really create a lot of chances, he had one big chance but wasted it as usual. Chicarito hasn’t fit into the Real Madrid side since he joined on loan for Manchester United in the summer after not being given a chance under Louis van Gaal, but he’s got less of chance at Madrid due to all the world-class talent they have that can play in his position. Hernandez did assist in the third goal for his side in the last-minute of the match, which was scored by Cristiano Ronaldo.
Next Match: Atlético Madrid – UEFA Champions League – Tuesday 22nd April 2015; KO 19:45
Guillermo Varela – Real Madrid II
Guillermo Varela played 89 minutes in the 3-2 defeat to Real Unión in the Spanish Segunda B on Sunday. The defeat saw Real Madrid’s second string slip to sixth place, eleven points behind leaders Huesca with four matches remaining this season. Their final two fixtures are against fourth places Guadalajara and fifth placed Toledo, so winning both matches against Sestao River and Real Sociedad II are a must. Varela played well and was substituted in the final minute of the match.
Next Match: Sestao River – Segunda B – Saturday 25th April 2015; KO TBA
Nani – Sporting Lisbon
Nani played full 90 minutes in the 2-1 win over Boavista in the Primeira Liga on Sunday. Nani had an average game for his side, again, and he did not really show why he deserves a place back in the Manchester United squad for next season, so could well be sold in the summer. The Portuguese winger has not put in enough effort to prove he’s good enough. He always seems to give up when he loses the ball and doesn’t make any kind of effort to get back to correct the error that he caused.
Next Match: Moreirense – Primeira Liga – Monday 27th April 2015; KO: 20:00
Angelo Henriquez – Dinamo Zagreb
Angelo Henriquez played 90 minutes in the 2-1 win over rivals Lokomotiva Zagreb in the 1.HNL on Friday night. Henriquez scored yet again for Dynamo Zagreb, he has now scored 13 goals in 20 games since joining on loan from Manchester United in the summer. The Chilean forward played well in the win scoring a goal and playing apart in the first goal for his side. Henriquez is still waiting on his future for United, maybe he will get his chance when he comes back from the loan spell in the summer Louis van Gaal may give him a chance to prove himself and cement a spot in the first team squad for next season.
Next Match: Rijeka – HR Nogometni Cup – Wednesday 22nd April 2015; KO 17:30
Vanja Milinković-Savić – FK Vojvodina
Vanja Milinković-Savić did not feature in the 1-0 victory over Novi Pazar in the Super Liga, which keep the Serbian side in fourth place in the league this season. Milinković-Savić has not featured for his loan club since the 3-0 defeat to Crvena Zvezda on the 7th March 2015.
Next Match: Borac Čačak – Super Liga – Saturday 25th April 2015; KO 15:00