Manchester United’s loan stars were in action again this weekend for their respective clubs. Tom Cleverley scored for Aston Villa against Manchester City on Saturday evening, putting Villa back into the match after being 2-0 down. It was good to see Cleverley score his first goal for his loan club, a club he could sign for on a free this summer, with Everton also waiting in the wings. Javier Hernandez has also had a good week, scoring the deciding goal against Atlético Madrid in the UEFA Champions League, at the death, and grabbing himself a brace against Celta Vigo on Sunday. Both players are similar in that fact they could both be out the door this summer.
Here is how I feel the players fared this weekend:
Tom Cleverley – Aston Villa
Tom Cleverley played 90 minutes in the 3-2 defeat to Manchester City in the Barclays Premier League. Cleverley had an average game in the midfield for Villa. Manchester City scored an early goal from an error by Brad Guzan. But Cleverley really stepped up after that and got the ball a lot more, his accuracy improved with his passing. The Manchester United midfielder scored his first goal for Villa since he joined them on loan in the summer. City took the lead through a late goal, breaking Villa’s hearts, who still have a lot to do to avoid relegation, but the Cup final at the end of May will be in their minds after they achieve safety in the Premier League.
Next Match: Everton – Barclays Premier League – Saturday 2nd May 2015; KO 15:00
Jesse Lingard – Derby County
Jesse Lingard played 45 minutes in the 3-3 draw with Millwall in the Sky Bet Championship. Lingard did not have a good game really, he just didn’t get into it. The Manchester United forward did not have a chance and failed show what he can do. Derby County have recently lost form and have seen them drop from first to sixth over the last 11 games in the Championship. If Derby want to be in with a chance of Premier League football next season, they will need to ensure they at least take a point against Reading at the weekend.
Next Match: Reading – Sky Bet Championship – Saturday 2nd May 2015; KO 12:15
Reece James – Huddersfield Town
Reece James was not involved in the 2-2 draw against Blackburn Rovers in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday afternoon.
Next Match: Blackpool – Sky Bet Championship – Saturday 2nd May 2015; KO 12:15
Will Keane – Sheffield Wednesday
Will Keane played 26 minutes in the 2-1 defeat to Leeds United in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday afternoon. Keane returned from injury replacing Lloyd Isgrove in the 64th minute of the match, not getting much involvement during the time spent on the pitch. The Manchester United striker had 50% pass accuracy, with no shots, chances created or anything of note during his 26 minute appearance. If Keane is to earn a new contract at United, with his current deal expiring this summer, he really needs to do much better. I personally feel that he will be offloaded this summer, which is a shame, but there is no sentiment in football, especially now.
Next Match: Watford – Sky Bet Championship – Saturday 2nd May 2015; KO 12:15
Ben Pearson – Barnsley
Ben Pearson played 90 minutes in the 1-0 defeat to Bradford City in the Sky Bet League One. The young Manchester United midfielder has really impressed since he joined Barnsley on loan and personally I think he deserves a chance in the first team squad next season.
Next Match: Rochdale – Sky Bet League One – Sunday 3rd May 2015; KO 12:15
Sam Johnstone – Preston North End
Sam Johnstone played 90 minutes in the 3-0 win over promotion rivals Swindon Town in the Sky Bet League One. Johnstone did not have a lot to do in the win. He made two saves the whole game and one of them was a cracker, which kept the game at 2-0. The Manchester United keeper could be United’s number two next season if David De Gea leaves the club, with the speculation that has been popping up in the media, it could happen.
Next Match: Colchester United – Sky Bet League One – Sunday 3rd May 2015; KO 12:15
Javier Hernandez – Real Madrid
Javier Hernandez played 74 minutes in the 4-2 victory over Celta Vigo in La Liga on Sunday evening. The on loan Manchester United striker is being utilised because of Karim Benzema’s injury, which has given the Mexican the confidence, scoring three goals in his last two matches, the UEFA Champions League goal against Atlético Madrid being the bigger of the three. Hernandez had three shots on goal; scoring twice and the other was off target. His passing was good, 81% found a team-mate. It does not look good for Chicharito to return to Old Trafford in the summer though, with Louis van Gaal seemingly not being all that impressed.
Next Match: Almería – La Liga – Wednesday 29th April 2015; KO 19:00
Guillermo Varela – Real Madrid II
Guillermo Varela played 90 minutes in the 2-2 draw with Sestao River in the Segunda B. Varela had a decent game at right-back and offered a lot in attack when he needed. The Manchester United defender could possibly leave in the summer due to not been giving a chance in the first team, but due to all the speculation with Manchester United looking for a new right back in the summer he might get his chance to shine in the first team.
Next Match: Real Sociedad II – Segunda B – Saturday 2nd May 2015; KO TBA
Angelo Henriquez – Dinamo Zagreb
Angelo Henriquez played 65 minutes in the 1-0 win over Zadar in the 1.HNL. Henriquez didn’t have the best of games since he joined Dynamo Zagreb. The Chilean forward could be another player leaving in the summer from Manchester United due to no first team game time since Louis Van Gaal joined the club in the summer and doesn’t seem to be in his plans for the future.
Next Match: Osijek – HR Nogometni Cup – Tuesday 28th April 2015; KO 17:00
Vanja Milinković-Savić – FK Vojvodina
Vanja Milinković-Savić was not involved in the 3-1 defeat to Borac Čačak in the Super Liga on Saturday.
Next Match: Voždovac – Super Liga – Wednesday 29th April 2015; KO 15:00