So far this season Manchester United have two players out on loan; Guillermo Varela at Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt and Adnan Januzaj at Premier League side Sunderland. James Wilson is set to be loaned to Derby County, which is something that has been confirmed by both clubs over the weekend. Tyler Blackett is also linked to Championship club Reading, managed by former United defender Jaap Stam, which could be good for the player, especially after his failed loan spell with Celtic last season.
Guillermo Varela – Eintracht Frankfurt
The Uruguayan right-back was loaned to Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt for the entire 2016/17 season to gain some valuable first team experience ahead of next season, where he may be in the plans of Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho. Varela started against FC Magdeburg in the DFB-Pokal and played the full 120 minutes, including the penalty shootout to decide the winner of the match. Varela played well and saw his side take the lead in the seventh minute through Branimir Hrgota, assisted by Omar Mascarell. Frankfurt was unable to secure their victory and in the 75th minute, Magdeburg equalised through a Nico Hammann free-kick. The match went into extra time with a winner not being found. Penalties would be the answer. Frankfurt was 3-3 on penalties going into sudden death and Magdeburg missed their sixth spot kick. Varela was Frankfurt’s sixth penalty taker, scoring the winning penalty of the match, which would have been a special match for him in his full debut for his loan club.
Next Match: FC Schalke 04 – Bundesliga – Saturday 27th August 2016, KO 14:30 BST
Adnan Januzaj – Sunderland
The Manchester United Academy graduate started his first match for Sunderland in the 2-1 defeat to Middlesbrough in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon, David Moyes’ second defeat of the season in the league. The Belgian playing on the right-wing in the three behind Jermaine Defoe and had a mixed game. Januzaj had four shots on goal; one being blocked, two being off target and the fourth saved by the goalkeeper. His passing was poor, only managing to complete 63% of his passes, which needs to be much better, but saying that, playing in a team as bad as Sunderland, that is going to be hard to achieve. Januzaj created three chances, all key passes – which amounted to nothing for the home side. Januzaj put nine crosses into the area, five of them corners. Only one was successful in finding a teammate. The 21-year-old is good at running towards opposition players, but his end product is terrible and needs a lot of work. Jamie Redknapp, speaking on Sky Sports spoke about Januzaj, saying:
“(He has) a god given talent that only a few possess. He needs to make a mark now, though. He’s got to the stage where he’s been on loan at Dortmund, it didn’t work out. It felt like he was sort of blame Dortmund, blame Man Utd, go and play, go and show us what you can do now, this is your opportunity. He’s got a gift. He can go by people as though they’re not there.”
Next Match: Shrewsbury Town – EFL Cup – Wednesday 24th August 2016, KO 19:45