Manchester United’s loan stars were again in action this weekend for the respective clubs. Serbian goalkeeper Vanja Milinković-Savić is the only player not to have played as his side are currently on a winter break, with their next match in a fortnight’s time. Wilfried Zaha was the player to catch the eye this weekend with a decent display against Tottenham Hotspur, but there are still some things for him to improve on if he wants to be given a chance at United. Nan was again replaced with an injury, this time to his thigh which could rule him out of the final UEFA Champions League group stage clash with Chelsea on Wednesday.
Here is how I feel the players fared this weekend:
Michael Keane – Burnley
Michael Keane played 90 minutes in the 2-0 defeat to fellow strugglers Queens Park Rangers in the Barclays Premier League. Keane played well in the defeat with some cracking challenges and was on the opposite end to some tackles as well which include the sending off of Charlie Austin. He defend well but couldn’t help the two goals.
Next Match: Southampton – Barclays Premier League – Saturday 13th December 2014; KO 15:00
Wilfried Zaha – Crystal Palace
Wilfried Zaha played 66 minutes in the 0-0 draw with Tottenham Hotspur in the Barclays Premier League. Zaha played well and was a real big threat for Spurs on the right side of midfield. He produced some brilliant pieces of skill to beat his opponent which created an opportunity for one of his team mates who was in an offside position. Haha had two shots himself, one was blocked and the other off target, His passing was not up to much with a 63% completion rate. Haha also put three crosses into the box with a 100% fail rate, so there is much to improve on for the Manchester United winger.
Next Match: Stoke City – Barclays Premier League – Saturday 13th December 2014; KO 15:00
Tom Cleverley – Aston Villa
Tom Cleverley played for 62 minutes in the 2-1 victory over Leicester City in the Barclays Premier League on Sunday afternoon. The former England midfielder had a shot on goal, a pass success rate of 92% and he created three chances for his side, none of which were turned into goals. Cleverley seems to have settled at Aston Villa and with the January transfer window opening on New Years Day, it could mean a permanent deal at the club could be on the cards with his contract expiring in the summer. Cleverley was replaced by the talented Jack Grealish after he injured himself, which he did not look all that happy about.
Next Match: West Bromwich Albion – Barclays Premier League – Saturday 13th December 2014; KO 15:00
Nick Powell – Leicester City
Nick Powell was an unused substitute in the 2-1 defeat to Aston Villa in the Barclays Premier League on Sunday afternoon.
Next Match: Manchester City – Barclays Premier League – Saturday 13th December 2014; KO 15:00
Reece James – Rotherham United
Reece James played for 90 minutes in the 0-0 draw with Cardiff City in the Sky Bet Championship. James had a decent game and dealt with the threat that Cardiff put him under and won majority of his tackles in the left back position which created a counter attack for his side and he also put some cracking crosses in for his team mates who didn’t get onto the end of the cross. The Manchester United youngster has really shown his true potential in the two games he’s been on loan at Rotherham United for and could put some pressure on Luke Shaw next season when he’s come back for his loan spell.
Next Match: Nottingham Forest – Sky Bet Championship – Saturday 13th December 2014; KO 15:00
Sam Johnstone – Doncaster Rovers
Sam Johnstone played the full match in the 1-0 victory over Oldham Athletic in the second round of the FA Cup, earning a place in Monday evenings third round draw. Johnstone did well in the match and was tested at times. It was an own goal scored with four minutes remaining that changed the game, putting the League One side in the next round of the draw.
Next Match: Notts County – Johnstone’s Paint Trophy – Tuesday 9th December 2014; KO 19:30
Javier Hernandez – Real Madrid
Javier Hernandez played 5 minutes in the 3-0 win over Celta Vigo in the La Liga. Hernandez came on for the former Manchester United player Cristiano Ronaldo in the 85th minute. The Mexican forward had one brilliant chance at the end, But the Celta Vigo goalkeeper made a brilliant save which kept the game at 3-0.
Next Match: Ludogorets – UEFA Champions League – Tuesday 9th December 2014; KO: 19:45
Nani – Sporting Lisbon
Nani played 31 minutes in the 3-1 win over Boavista in the Primeira Liga. He was subbed off with a thigh injury which could rule him out for the Champions League match against Chelsea on Wednesday. Nani played well for the short period of time he was on the pitch for and really should have scored but missed the target.
Next Match: Chelsea – UEFA Champions League – Wednesday 10th December 2014; KO 19:45
Angelo Henriquez – Dinamo Zagreb
Angelo Henriquez played 78 minutes in a 3-0 victory over Rijeka in the Hungarian League this weekend. The Chilean striker was back to scoring goals, finding the net for his sides second. Dynamo Zagreb have a clause in their loan deal that they have a chance of making the deal permanent for the player, which considering the amount of goals he has scored this season, would be something the club would be silly not to do. With the fact that James Wilson is doing so well in the first team, the chances of Henriquez getting a shot would be pretty slim, in my opinion anyway.
Next Match: Celtic – UEFA Europa League – Thursday 11th December 2014; KO 18:00
Guillermo Varela – Real Madrid II
Guillermo Varela played in the 2-0 victory over Sestao River in the Spanish Segunda B on Sunday. The Uruguayan right-back has settled in at the Spanish capital clubs Academy, something which could turn out to be permanent. Varela has done well during his time at United, with many suggesting that he could have rivalled Rafael da Silva for a first team position. Varela could come back to United in the summer, but the likelihood of him signing for Real Madrid or even another club is something that could be happening.
Next Match: Real Sociedad II – Spanish Segunda B – Saturday 13th December 2014, KO TBA
Vanja Milinković-Savić – FK Vojvodina
Vanja Milinković-Savić’s side FK Vojvodina are currently on a break and do not play for another fortnight.
Next Match: OFK Beograd – Super Liga – Saturday 21st December 2014; KO 12:30