LOAN WATCH: Reece James makes Rotherham United debut & Michael Keane marks full debut with Burnley!

Michael Keane

Manchester United’s loan players represented their respective teams this weekend. None of United’s loan start scored in their respective matches, in which Nick Powell was the only absentee, for whatever reason. It is not looking good for the once promising youth player, who signed from Crewe Alexandra in the summer of 2012 with high hopes. Michael Keane made his full debut for Burnley, with Reece James making his debut for loan club Rotherham United, reunited with former Manchester United team-mates Tom Lawrence, who joined on loan from Leicester City and Scott Wootton, who was loaned from Leeds United.

Here is how I feel the players fared this weekend:

Michael Keane – Burnley

Michael Keane made his full debut playing the full match in the 1-1 draw with Aston Villa in the Barclays Premier League. Keane played well in the draw and managed to keep composure when he’s on the ball and making decent tackles but the only mistake he made was for the goal and he played Joe Cole onside.

Next Match: Newcastle United – Barclays Premier League – Tuesday 2nd December 2014; KO 19:45

Nick Powell – Leicester City

Nick Powell was not named in the squad for the 3-2 defeat against Queens Park Rangers in the Barclays Premier League.

Next Match: Liverpool – Barclays Premier League – Tuesday 2nd December 2014; KO 19:45

Wilfried Zaha – Crystal Palace 

Wilfried Zaha played nine minutes in the 1-1 draw with Swansea City in the Barclays Premier League. Zaha didn’t really do much in the nine minutes he was on for really made some decent runs to try create an opening for his team mates.

Next Match: Aston Villa – Barclays Premier League – Tuesday 2nd December 2014; KO 19:45


Tom Cleverley – Aston Villa

Tom Cleverley played 90 minutes in the 1-1 draw with Burnley in the Barclays Premier League. Cleverley played well and did his job in midfield and never gave up and always hustled the opposition to get the ball back. He had a couple of chances, but didn’t hit the target.

Next Match: Crystal Palace – Barclays Premier League – Tuesday 2nd December 2014; KO 19:45

Reece James – Rotherham United

Reece James made his debut playing for 90 minutes in the 1-1 draw with Blackpool in the Sky Bet Championship. James played well on his debut and he dealt well with the pressure they put on him and he attacked well down the left flank. He was causing them problems with the overlap.

Next Match: Cardiff City – Sky Bet League One – Saturday 6th December 2014; KO 15:00

Sam Johnstone – Doncaster Rovers 

Sam Johnstone played full 90 minutes in the 1-1 draw with Crewe Alexandre in the Sky Bet League One. Johnstone made some brilliant saves in the draw and kept his team in the game. He played the best game I’ve seen since he joined Doncaster Rovers on loan.

Next Match: Barnsley – Sky Bet League One – Tuesday 2nd December 2014; KO 19:45

Nani – Sporting CP

Nani played 90 minutes in the 3-0 win over Vitoriá Setúbal in the Primeira Liga. He did well in the game he could have scored a goal but the keeper made a brilliant save from his cracking strike. The Portuguese winger looks really good since he joined Sporting on loan in the summer with some brilliant performances for his side.

Next Match: Boavista – Primeira Liga – Friday 5th December 2014; KO 20:30

Javier Hernandez – Real Madrid 

Javier Hernandez was a late substitute replacing Gareth Bale in the 89th minute of the 2-1 win over Malaga in the La Liga, which saw team-mate Isco sent off for two bookable offences within 14 minutes of each other.

Next Match: Celta Vigo – La Liga – Saturday 5th December 2014; KO 19:00

Angelo Henriquez – Dinamo Zagreb

Dinamo Zagreb did not have a fixture this weekend, which has given them a period of time to regain fitness after they match with Hajduk Split was postponed the weekend before, so Angelo Henriquez and his team-mates should be fresh for their home match on Saturday against Rijeka.

Next Match: Rijeka – 1.HNL – Saturday 6th December 2014; KO 14:00

Guillermo Varela – Real Madrid II

Guillermo Varela played the full match in a 1-0 defeat to Real Unión in the Spanish Segunda B this weekend. Real Unión scored the only goal of the game through Iñaki Goikoetxea in the 23rd minute of the match, which the homes side just could not recover from. Varela himself was booked in the 77th minute of the match for a bad challenge. The Uruguayan seems to be getting plenty of game time playing for los blancos second side, but it is still unknown whether he will return to Old Trafford in the summer.

Next Match: Sestao River – Spanish Segunda B – Saturday 6th December 2014; KO TBA

Vanja Milinković-Savić – FK Vojvodina

Vanja Milinković-Savić made his fourteenth appearance for FK Vojvodina this season, which considering he is only 17, is something that shows just how talented he is, even if he is only playing in the top flight in Serbia, which is still a competitive league. Vojvodina were defeated 2-1 by Čukarički this weekend, which leaves the Serbian side third in the league, nine points behind leaders Partizan with a lot to do in order to catch up with them. Second placed team Crvena Zvezda are currently five points clear and the side that beat Vojvodina are in fourth place, a point behind them, so they will need to step up their game for the remainder of the season.

Next Match: Čukarički – Serbian Cup – Wednesday 3rd December 2014; KO 12:00

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