Loan Watch: Wilfried Zaha inspires Crystal Palace comeback in the FA Cup

Wilfried Zaha

Manchester United’s loan stars were in action for their respective clubs this weekend. This weekend, English football was dominated with the FA Cup, meaning that many of the clubs were not in action, unless fixtures previously arranged involving clubs also not participating in the tournament. Many of United’s loan players were not in action, some due to their clubs already being knocked out of the competition, one player was ineligible to feature for his new loan club and two other players clubs are still on their winter break. Wilfried Zaha seemed to be the player that caught the eye this weekend.

Here is how I feel the loan players fared this weekend:

Tom Cleverley – Aston Villa

Tom Cleverley played 90 minutes in the 2-1 win over Bournemouth in the FA Cup. Cleverley had an average game in midfield today and wasn’t really put under a lot of pressure from Bournemouth’s players. He passed the ball well and just didn’t stop running in midfield, but overall he didn’t do much against an average looking Bournemouth side which are normally a lot better than they were today.

Next Match: Arsenal  – Barclays Premier League – Sunday 1st February 2015; KO 13:30

Wilfried Zaha – Crystal Palace

Wilfried Zaha played full 90 minutes in the 3-2 win over Southampton in the FA Cup. Zaha started the game quietly, but as soon as Southampton scored he started playing and causing loads of problems for the Saints back four. He played a big part in all the goals for Palace. Perhaps Alan Pardew could bring the best out of the player, which United may not see any benefit from as he’s also urged the player to quit the Old Trafford club.

Next Match: Everton  – Barclays Premier League – Saturday 31st January 2015; KO 15:00


Will Keane – Sheffield Wednesday

Will Keane did not play this weekend with Sheffield Wednesday not back in action until next weekend as they had previously been knocked out of the FA Cup.

Next Match: Reading – Sky Bet Championship – Saturday 31st January 2015;KO 15:00

Ben Pearson – Barnsley

Ben Pearson played 90 minutes in the 2-0 defeat to inform MK Dons in the Sky Bet League One. Pearson showed his class in the deep role of midfield until the class of MK Dons finally paid off and grabbed a goal then quickly made it 2-0. But overall Pearson was impressive and picked up a yellow card late on.

Next Match: Port Vale – Sky Bet League One – Saturday 31st January 2015; KO 15:00

Sam Johnstone – Preston North End

Sam Johnstone was not involved in the FA Cup match against Sheffield United due to him being cup tied after participating in the competition on a previous loan deal with Doncaster Rovers.

Next Match: Walsall – Johnstone’s Paint Trophy – Tuesday 27th January 2015; KO 19:45

Javier Hernandez – Real Madrid

Javier Hernandez was an unused substitute in the 2-1 victory over Cordoba in the La Liga, a match which saw Cristiano Ronaldo sent off for striking a player and former United winger Bebe showing his skills.

Next Match: Real Sociedad  – La Liga – Saturday 31st January 2015; KO 15:00

Guillermo Varela – Real Madrid II

Guillermo Varela was not involved in the 3-0 victory over Fuenlabrada this weekend. The victory sees Real Madrid’s second string take the top spot in the league, one point clear over second placed Real Unión

Next Match: Trival Valderas – Segunda B – Saturday 31st January 2015; KO TBA

Nani – Sporting Lisbon

Nani played 90 minutes in the 1-0 win over Academica in the Primeira Liga. The Portuguese winger played quite well showing his class and also showing why he was loaned by Manchester United. He had a couple of opportunities to find his team-mate but he chose to shoot, which is typical of the winger.

Next Match: Victoria Setubal – Primeira Liga – Wednesday 28th January 2015; KO 16:00

Angelo Henriquez – Dinamo Zagreb

Angelo Henriquez was not in action this weekend due to his league currently having their winter break.

Next Match: Odd – Friendly – Tuesday 27th January 2015; KO 17:00

Vanja Milinković-Savić – FK Vojvodina

Vanja Milinković-Savić was not in action this weekend due to his league currently having their winter break.

Next Match: OFK Beograd – Super Liga – Saturday 21st February 2015, KO 12:30

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