Some of Manchester United’s loan stars were in action again on Good Friday. With it coming to the end of the season, there is a promotion and relegation rush on, with teams looking for promotion and also some looking to survive the drop to the division below. Eight United players were due to play for their respective sides, with only Liam Grimshaw not making the squad for Morecambe for this fixture.
Here is how I feel the players fared:
Michael Keane – Blackburn Rovers
Michael Keane played the full 90 minutes of the 0-0 draw with bottom of the table Yeovil Town on Friday. Keane played his right-back role well, perhaps suggesting that he could be used as back-up in that position at United next season. With the rumours suggesting Rafael da Silva could be sold, he could have a future at Old Trafford, also being able to play in the centre of defence and also a defensive midfield role, Keane’s future could be bright. Blackburn Rovers are still on the trail of a play off place this season, but the draw with Yeovil hampered their plans, and they really need to be winning their remaining three matches against Birmingham City, Charlton Athletic and Wigan Athletic.
Next Match: Birmingham City – Sky Bet Championship – Monday 21st April 2014, KO 15:00
Jesse Lingard – Brighton & Hove Albion
Jesse Lingard played 87 minutes in the 1-1 draw away to Huddersfield Town on Friday. Brighton are currently in a play off position, but only by one point, so they really need to ensure they win some of their last three matches to make sure they will be involved in the play off’s this season. Lingard played well but it was a tough match for Brighton, who conceded a goal on the sixth minute of the match. Lingard played well, but could not do anything to ensure his side won the match. Brighton have three matches remaining this season against relegation threatened Blackpool and Yeovil Town with their final match against Nottingham Forest. Lingard has shown his worth this season, scoring some fine goals and showing what a player he could be for United, given the chance next season.
Next Match: Blackpool – Sky Bet Championship – Monday 21st April 2014, KO 15:00
Davide Petrucci – Charlton Athletic
Davide Petrucci was an unused substitute in the 0-0 draw with Bolton Wanderers. Charlton Athletic are currently fighting a relegation battle. They are safe for now, but another defeat of a draw could see them fall into the bottom three of the league table.
Next Match: Sheffield Wednesday – Sky Bet Championship – Monday 21st April 2014, KO 15:00
Sam Johnstone – Doncaster Rovers
Sam Johnstone played the full 90 minutes in the 2-0 defeat to Derby County. The South Yorkshire club are currently safe, but one point is between them and a relegation place, so they really need to ensure they win at least two of their remaining three matches this season, but depending on other results, it still may not ben enough. Johnstone had a good game despite conceding twice. He was commanding in his area and his distribution was second to none. He’s really coming out of himself on loan this season.
Next Match: Millwall – Sky Bet Championship – Monday 21st April 2014, KO 15:00
Nick Powell – Wigan Athletic
Nick Powell was a substitute in the 3-0 victory over Reading on Friday. Since Powell returned from injury, he’s not been the sae player for Wigan. His is this seasons top scorer, but really does not get involved when he plays, which suggests he is not fully match fit, or is carrying his injury. It has raised warning signs for me as he is still young and has been hampered with injuries recently, which obviously is not his fault. Wigan were 3-0 up and cruising when Powell replaced Martyn Waghorn 17 minutes from time. He did not really get involved in the match, but Wigan seem to have secured a play off place and are currently five points clear of sixth placed Brighton & Hove Albion, with one match in hand. Wigan could be on their way back up to the Barclays Premier League, providing they win the play off, of course.
Next Match: Burnley – Sky Bet Championship – Monday 21st April 2014, KO 15:00
Tom Lawrence – Yeovil Town
Tom Lawrence played the full 90 minutes in the 0-0 draw against Blackburn Rovers on Friday. The Welsh striker was flagged offside on the 32nd minute, and just before half time he blocked a shot by Craig Conway, stopping the home side from taking the lead. On the 58th minute his own shot was blocked, denying him from scoring and four minutes later he gave away a free-kick. Lawrence was lively in the match, but his side need to be doing more as they are currently rock bottom of the Championship, five points from safety with three matches remaining. Relegation looms for Yeovil Town.
Next Match: Huddersfield Town – Sky Bet Championship – Monday 21st April 2014, KO 15:00
Sam Byrne – Carlisle United
Sam Byrne was a substitute in the 1-1 draw with Walsall on Friday. The United forward replaced David Amoo with five minutes of the match remaining. Byrne was unable to get into the match and he gave away a free kick three minutes into injury time. Carlisle United currently face a relegation battle and are currently two points away from safety, so really need to win their remaining two matches, or they will be playing in League Two next season.
Next Match: Peterborough United – Sky Bet League One – Monday 21st April 2014, KO 15:00
Liam Grimshaw – Morecambe
Liam Grimshaw did not feature in the 1-1 draw with Scunthorpe United.
Next Match: Hartlepool United – Sky Bet League Two – Monday 21st April 2014, KO 15:00
By Ryan Beecham
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