Loan Watch: Zaha continues to regress; Johnstone & Keane continue to shine

Michael Keane

Manchester United’s loan stars were again in action this weekend for the respective clubs. None of United’s loan players found the back of the net this weekend. There is currently a winter break taking place over Europe with Angelo Henriquez and Vanja Milinković-Savić currently out of action and Javier Hernandez and Guillermo Varela now out of action until the New Year. Nan missed this weekends match due to injury.

Here is how I feel the players fared this weekend:

Michael Keane – Burnley

Michael Keane played 90 minutes in the 2-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur in the Barclays Premier League. Keane played quite well throughout the match, even though his side lost. Burnley put up a real fight against Spurs. Keane had a 72% pass accuracy, won 80% of his aerial duels, making two good interceptions and clearing the ball five times, once from within the Burnley penalty area. Keane also made an important block on the 54th minute of the match. Louis van Gaal should be pleased with the Manchester United defenders development away on loan so far this season.

Next Match: Liverpool – Barclays Premier League – Friday 26th December 2014; KO 15:00

Wilfried Zaha – Crystal Palace

Wilfried Zaha played 23 minutes in the 3-0 defeat to Manchester City in the Barclays Premier League. He came on made a little difference, but Manchester City were just too good for them on the day. Zaha made brilliant runs down the wing but could get it past the first defender. He had a 100% pass accuracy, but made only three of them. He put one cross into the box, which failed to reach its man. It is clear that this Zaha is not in the same form as he was for Palace before Manchester United signed him nearly two years ago, loaning him back to Palace for the remainder of the 2012/13 season.

Next Match: Southampton – Barclays Premier League – Friday 26th December 2014; KO 15:00


Tom Cleverley – Aston Villa

Tom Cleverley did not feature I’m the 1-1 draw with Manchester United due to suspension and that face he is ineligible to play against his parent club.

Next Match: Swansea City – Barclays Premier League – Friday 26th December 2014; KO 15:00

Nick Powell – Leicester City

Nick Powell was not names in Leicester City’s squad in their 2-0 defeat to West Ham United in the Barclays Premier League.

Next Match: Tottenham Hotspur – Barclays Premier League – Friday 26th December 2014; KO 15:00

Reece James – Rotherham United

Reece James played 90 minutes in the 2-1 victory over Wigan Athletic in the Sky Bet Championship. The Manchester United defender has done well whilst on loan and recently suggested that he would like the spell extended during the January Transfer Window, which will do well for his progress playing week after week in a first team environment. Former United team-mate Tom Lawrence got his name on the score sheet at the weekend in the first victory since the defenders loan spell started just over a month ago. Rotherham United have climbed up to nineteenth place in the Championship this season, with more to do if they want ti finish higher.

Next Match: Huddersfield Town – Sky Bet Championship – Friday 26th December 2014; KO 15:00

Sam Johnstone – Doncaster Rovers

Sam Johnstone played the full match in the 1-0 win over Swindon Town in the Sky Bet League One. Johnstone made some brilliant saves to stop the in-form team, who sit in third place, so the victory will be one Johnstone, his team-mates and manager Paul Dickov will be proud about, and use it to push on for the remainder of the season. The Rovers gave away a penalty in the 79th minute of the match and Johnstone made the save, which will enable the player to grow in confidence ahead of their next match on Boxing Day.

Next Match: Coventry City – Sky Bet League One – Friday 26th December 2014; KO 15:00

Javier Hernandez – Real Madrid

Javier Hernandez was an unused substitute 2-0 victory against San Lorenzo in the FIFA Club World Cup Final. Real Madrid head into their winter break now, but there is a planned friendly with AC Milan arranged for the 29th December 2014, but that is yet to be confirmed.

Next Match: Valencia – La Liga – Sunday 4th January 2015; KO 16:00

Nani – Sporting Lisbon

Nani did not feature in the 1-0 win over Nacional in the Primeira Liga due to injury.

Next Match: Vitória Guimarães – Taça de Liga – Monday 29th December 2014; KO 20:45

Angelo Henriquez – Dinamo Zagreb

Angelo Henriquez will not be back in action with his side until the 7th February 2015 due to the winter break.

Next Match: Locomotiva Zagreb – 1.HNL – Saturday 7th February 2015; KO 18:00

Guillermo Varela – Real Madrid II

Guillermo Varela played the full 90 minutes in the 0-0 draw against Guadalajara in the Spanish Segunda B this weekend. The Uruguayan defender has done well whilst on loan but Real Madrid’s second side are not doing all that well in the league; they currently lie in fifth place, six points behind leaders Huesca. I do not think that Varela will be back at the AON Training Complex in the summer, which is a shame as I felt he could progress at the club, he can still do that over in Spain, which may feel more homely to him than Manchester did.

Next Match: Toledo – Spanish Segunda B – Saturday 3rd January 2015, KO TBA

Vanja Milinković-Savić – FK Vojvodina

Vanja Milinković-Savić will not be back in action for his side until the 21st February 2015 due to the winter break.

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

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