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Loan Watch: Fosu-Mensah unlucky to see his side lose to Liverpool; Henderson in high spirits after victory

Manchester United have six players currently out on loan with one in the Premier League, two in the Championship, and three in League One. United’s loanee’s this season are Timothy Fosu-Mensah who has been loaned to Crystal Palace, Sam Johnstone at Aston Villa, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson at Leeds United, Devonte Redmond at Scunthorpe United, Dean Henderson at Shrewsbury Town, and Regan Poole at Northampton Town. Here is how I feel each player has fared this week:

Timothy Fosu-Mensah

The Manchester United defender played 90 minutes in the 1-0 defeat to Liverpool in the Premier League at Anfield. Sadio Mane’s goal in the 73rd minute was the difference between the two sides. Crystal Palace may see the start of their season as a negative, beaten by Huddersfield Town last weekend and beaten again, conceding fewer goals, but by a better team. Saying that though, United supporters will not care about results, it is the experience the player gets from his loan spell which really matters. Winning, losing, drawing is all part of football and to be a winner, not only have you got to experience losing, but you have to gain experience, which is what Timothy Fosu-Mensah is starting to get. Two matches into his loan spell, 168 minutes of action. The Dutchman has 64% of his passes reaching a teammate, which is not great but a good starting point. He made two take ons, winning both, won 67% of his tackles, made five interceptions, four clearances and committed one foul.

Sam Johnstone

Sam Johnstone played 90 minutes in the 4-2 victory over Norwich City in the Sky Bet Championship at Villa Park on Saturday. Villa took the lead through Conor Hourihane in the 22nd minute with the player scoring a hat-trick in the victory. Andre Green scored the other goal in the match. Norwich got one goal back, at 2-1 in the 60th minute, getting another (4-2) in the 79th minute of the match. Johnstone did not have the best of matches, only making one save, his distribution being rather terrible (26%) and not really being the big guy between the sticks. Johnstone has not made his Manchester United debut yet, not competitively anyway and with the talent coming through at the club, Joel Pereira being the one of a similar age, Johnstone probably won’t make it at United, which is a shame but only one goalkeeper can play with one or two waiting in the wings. It will be much better to let the player find a career elsewhere. In the Championship, Johnstone has a lot of experience, which should help him for the years he has ahead of him.

Cameron Borthwick-Jackson

Cameron Borthwick-Jackson was an unused substitute in the 2-0 victory over Sunderland in the Sky Bet Championship at the Stadium of Light on Saturday evening. Borthwick-Jackson has played a few timed for Leeds, so this could have been the match whereby he was not needed to start, kept on the bench should he be needed, therefore resting him for what could be a big week with the second round of the Carabao Cup coming up this week with Leeds facing Newport County at Elland Road followed by the Championship clash with Nottingham Forest at the County Ground in a week’s time.

Devonte Redmond

Devonte Redmond was an unused substitute in Scunthorpe United 1-0 victory over Oxford United in the Sky Bet League One clash at Glanford Park. Redmond is on his first loan spell away from United and cannot expect to come straight in and get minutes from day one. He needs to show the manager what he has in his locker and earn his place in the squad, whether a starter, a substitute or a player surplus to the team on a matchday. The experience on his first loan spell will do him good.

Dean Henderson

Dean Henderson played 90 minutes in the  3-2 victory over Rochdale in the Sky Bet League One at Greenhous Meadow on Saturday afternoon. Henderson went head-to-head with former Manchester United Academy player Oliver Rathbone, who now plays for Rochdale. In the first eight minutes of the match, Rathbone had two shots on goal, one save by Henderson (4′) and the other off target (8′). In the 16th minute, Aristote Nsiala gave away a penalty, which was converted by Rochdale’s Steve Davies, sending his shot into the top right corner of the net. On the half hour mark, Shaun Whalley won a penalty, levelling the score from the spot. Carlton Morris doubled Shrewsbury’s lead three minutes later. Davies levelled in for Rochdale in the 63rd minute after Nsiala gave away a second penalty, the third spot kick of the match beating Henderson t the bottom left corner of the net. Stefan Payne won the match for the home side in the 74th minute of the game. Henderson made a fair few saves during the match, playing well and showing signs of becoming a decent goalkeeper which may or may not happen at Manchester United.

Regan Poole

Regan Poole was an unused substitute in the 4-1 defeat to Charlton Athletic in the Sky Bet League One at The Valley on Saturday afternoon. The Welsh defender will no doubt get an opportunity at some point and with him being inexperienced, he cannot expect to be involved in every match this season. Of course, as this was the fourth match of the season the player has not had any minutes in, it could suggest it will be a long loan spell for the defender, who may need to work harder in training to get his chance. Northampton Town manager Justin Edinburgh knows what he can expect from the player having managed him at Newport County, but that does not mean he will be involved week in and week out.

Loan Watch: Timothy Fosu-Mensah makes Palace debut, puts in a great last-ditch tackle too

Manchester United have six players currently out on loan with one in the Premier League, two in the Championship, and three in League One. United’s loanee’s this season are Timothy Fosu-Mensah who has been loaned to Crystal Palace, Sam Johnstone at Aston Villa, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson at Leeds United, Devonte Redmond at Scunthorpe United, Dean Henderson at Shrewsbury Town, and Regan Poole at Northampton Town. This weekend marked the start of the new Premier League season with the Football League starting last weekend. Some of United’s players have played already this season, some are still yet to play. Some may not play at all, it depends on how their respective managers feel they are doing in training. Some players will have been sent out for the experience of fighting for a place in a first team environment, others have been loaned to continue their development, which would not be possible at a higher level at United this season.

Timothy Fosu-Mensah

The Dutch 19-year-old was confirmed as a Crystal Palace player over the last few days with manager Frank De Boer confirming that he would play as a right-sided central defender in the clubs new 3-4-3 formation and as a right back in a 4-3-3 formation. Again Huddersfield Town in the Premier League, Palace played 3-4-3 and it was not the start in the league the players and the manager would have hoped for. Palace were beaten 3-0 by the Premier League new boys, who at this moment in time sit at the top of the table. Fosu-Mensah started the match and played 78 minutes before being replaced by James Tomkins. The young Dutchman played well for his loan club, despite the defeat. In the 63rd minute of the match, he made a great last-ditch challenge on  Steve Mounie, who was through on goal, chasing him down, running on the inside of him and putting in a tackle to drive the ball wide, saving his side from going 3-0 down at the time. Just after Fosu-Mensah was replaced by Tomkins, Huddersfield Town scored their third goal. Palace did not play all that badly in the match and were unlucky in front of goal more than a few times.

Sam Johnstone

Sam Johnstone played 90 minutes for Aston Villa in their 3-0 defeat to Cardiff City. Villa did not play too well and Johnstone conceded goals in the 21st, 60th and 71st minutes of the match. Manager Steve Bruce will not be happy with the performance and will be looking for more from his players, including new captain, John Terry. Villa did play during the week in the Carabao Cup, beating Colchester United 2-1, of which Johnstone did not play a part in. Last weekend, the opening game of the Championship season, Villa drew 1-1 with former Premier League side Hull City. After two matches, Villa sits 21st in the table with a lot of work ahead of them if returning to the Premier League is going to be a possibility for them.

Cameron Borthwick-Jackson

Cameron Borthwick-Jackson played 82 minutes in the 0-0 draw with Preston North End in the Championship. Borthwick-Jackson played as the left-back in the match, after making his debut playing as a left sided central defender in the Carabao Cup during the week. Leeds dominated Preston, had 12 shots on goal and should have perhaps done so much better than they did. Chris Wood could have scored the opening goal in the 67th minute of the match, of which the shot was assisted by Borthwick-Jackson with a cross. In the 72nd minute, Borthwick-Jackson committed a foul but was not booked. In the 82nd minute, Stuart Dallas replaced Borthwick-Jackson. It was not a good day for former United teammate Ben Pearson, who was sent off on the hour. Josh Harrop also came on in the 65th minute of the match but was unable to do anything for his side.

Devonte Redmond

Devonte Redmond was loaned to League One side Scunthorpe United during the summer. In the 1-1 draw away to Rochdale, Redmond was named on the bench but was not called upon during the match. Redmond has been involved in all match squads of the season so far, the opening League One match against Notts County, a 3-3 draw, and the 1-1 draw in the Carabao Cup during the week, which Scunthorpe United won 6-5 on penalties. Redmond will get some minutes this season. It is his first loan spell of his career and perhaps he needs to settle a bit more before making his debut. He must be doing something right to be involved in three matchday squads so far this season.

Dean Henderson

Dean Henderson played 90 minutes in the 1-0 victory over AFC Wimbledon in League One on Saturday. The United youngster did not have much to deal with as Wimbledon only had six shots on goal, two of those on target. It will be good to see the player develop in this tough league this season, the second season he has been involved in loan spells away from the club. Henderson has started all three matches of the season so far, the 1-0 victory over Northampton Town on the opening day of the season and the 2-1 defeat to Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup during the week.

Regan Poole

Regan Poole was loaned to Northampton Town during the summer, linking up with former Newport County manager Justin Edinburgh who gave him his chance at the Welsh club before he was sold to Manchester United. Poole was not involved in the 1-0 defeat to Fleetwood Town on Saturday but was an unused substitute in the 1-0 defeat to Shrewsbury United, of which teammate Dean Henderson has been loaned to and the 1-0 defeat to Queens Park Rangers in the Carabao Cup during the week. Edinburgh knows what type of defender Poole is and at some point this season, he should be given his chance. During the last season, Poole was not the best defensively for United’s U23’s, also eligible to play for the U18’s at a point, and clearly he has been sent to develop his skills, possibly United even seeking a club of offload the player at next summer, who knows.

Manchester United defender targeted by Ajax

Manchester United left-back Cameron Borthwick-Jackson could well be on the move this summer with a host of clubs interested in the 20-year-old. Leeds United were interested over the last month or so but nothing seems to have developed in their interest. Now it seems Ajax, the club United beat in the final of the UEFA Europa League in May hold an interested in the left-back. The Dutch side have sold defender Jairo Riedewald to Crystal Palace and need to replace him with a left-sided defender and Borthwick-Jackson could fit the bill for them. The United Academy graduate spent last season on loan with Wolverhampton Wanderers, returning to United in March after not playing for the club since November before the change in management.

Borthwick-Jackson ended the season playing for United U23 side and seems unlikely to be given the chance to cement his place in the position United need some strength in after Luke Shaw suffered  from a mixture of a lack of form and injury last season with Marcos Rojo, a player able to play in the position but better in a central role, also suffering from injury with Matteo Darmian switched from the right-back understudy role to Antonio Valencia over to the left-back area where he has impressed on occasion. At the end of last season, Demetri Mitchell was given the chance to show his worth at left-back against Crystal Palace in the final Premier League match of the season, proving his worth and earning a place in United’s pre-season tour squad.

The Daily Mail suggest Borthwick-Jackson is prepared to leave the Old Trafford club this summer, despite signing a new long-term contract just over a year ago. Leeds United, as aforementioned had shown interested in the player, along with Reading, managed by former United defender Jaap Stam where he could join former Academy teammate Tyler Blackett. Dutch sides Ajax, Heerenveen and PEC Zwolle also retain an interest in the English defender who was named Manchester United’s reserve team player of the year at the end of the 2015/16 season. Borthwick-Jackson suggested that Jose Mourinho has described him as a top player in an interview with football magazine FourFourTwo, saying:

“He’s always keeping eyes on me and he has people watching. When I first came into pre-season I got injured early on, and as I recovered he asked me how I was and things like that. When I came back he said: ‘the squad’s a bit too big but I see a future for you here’ and that I’m a ‘top player’. He told me to go out and get some experience.”

If only that loan spell with Wolves worked for Borthwick-Jackson last season. His last performance for the club came in Paul Lambert’s last game as the manager on the 5th November 2016. If he had been in the next manager’s plans, the 20-year-old could well be fighting it out with Luke Shaw to cement his place as the first choice left-back next season, which is a place Borthwick-Jackson could have strengthened after his rise from the U21’s into the first team during Louis van Gaal’s second and final season at the club. Perhaps Borthwick-Jackson may not offer what Mourinho wants in the left-back role, another line of attack. It is a shame but it would seem he will be onto pastures new ahead of the new season starting.

Manchester United left-back wanted by Leeds United – report

Manchester United left-back Cameron Borthwick-Jackson is a target for Leeds United this summer after they sold Charlie Taylor to Premier League side Burnley, report the Daily Mail. Borthwick-Jackson made his United debut under the guidance of Louis van Gaal with Luke Shaw sidelined for the 2015/16 season after suffering a double leg fracture in a UEFA Champions League match against Dutch side PSV Eindhoven. The now 20-year-old was given a chance to impress the Dutch manager, and that he did. That season, Borthwick-Jackson made 14 appearances for the Old Trafford club, getting well on his way to becoming a challenger for the left-back role with Shaw seemingly suffering fitness and injury troubles since his move from Southampton in the summer of 2014.

Louis van Gaal was sacked days after his side lifted the Emirates FA Cup at the end of the 2015/16 season with the club installing Jose Mourinho as the club’s new manager. The Portuguese manager made some changes at the Old Trafford club last summer, bringing in Eric Bailly, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Paul Pogba and trying to steer the fallen club back on the road to glory. Borthwick-Jackson signed a new contract with United last summer, keeping him at the Theatre of Dreams until the summer of 2020, with the option of a further year to be added on. This, coming days after Mourinho’s tenure at the club started would suggest the Portuguese manager wanted to keep the player. At the time of the contract being signed, the player said:

“I have grown up at United and have enjoyed every minute of being here. Last season was an incredible experience to make my first team debut and a dream come true for myself and my family. I feel it stands me in good stead for continuing my development as a Manchester United player. I will continue to work hard and take advice from the manager and his coaching team to improve with every training session.”

Borthwick-Jackson was sent out on a loan spell with Championship side Wolverhampton Wanderers where he made seven appearances throughout the season, the last in a 3-2 defeat to Derby County on the 5th November 2016. The player just did not get the first team experience he had hoped for, which was a stupid thing for Wolves to do based on the fact Borthwick-Jackson did well in the Premier League the previous season. Still, that suggests why clauses should be inserted into loan players contracts demanding a certain number of matches be played throughout the course of the season, of the player will literally be fodder at the loan club, not learning anything other than discontent from the experience.

At the tail end of last season, United utilised Borthwick-Jackson for the U23’s with him coming back to play in the Premier League International Cup, being knocked out by FC Porto and also playing matches in the Premier League 2, which is allowed whilst a player is on loan at another club as he is playing for his parent club at reserve league level, therefore not infringing any regulations set by the Premier League of the English Football League. It makes me wonder if after his season of discontent at Wolves whether Borthwick-Jackson can snap back into the form he showed under Van Gaal, which would be something Mourinho would need to try, should he still think the player has that special something to succeed at United.

Leeds do seem to be interested in the player, which may be a permanent thing, or could well be on a loan spell, which would be better. The player will have the chance to play in a tough league, gain some first team experience after a season out of the limelight and give Mourinho something to think about throughout the season, if he goes from strength to strength, which is what would be expected as we have seen what he is capable of whilst playing for United.

Leeds, however, also seem keen on former Newcastle United defender cum midfielder Vurnon Anita who is a free agent this summer. Borthwick-Jackson may be keen on a new challenge away from Old Trafford, but based on what he said after signing his new contract last year, unless that has changed, he will be happy to remain a United player, possibly looking for minutes on the pitch this season at the club, or a loan spell, which would be better for both parties, as long as a clause on the number of matches is inserted, which would be a wise move by Manchester United as sending player out on loan who are not getting any action will not aid their development.

Borthwick-Jackson falling short on loan – what next?

Manchester United left-back Cameron Borthwick-Jackson was loaned to Wolverhampton Wanderers for the entire 2016/17 season. Under former Wolves manager Walter Zenga, the now 20-year-old made seven appearances for Wolves in the EFL Cup and the Championship. Borthwick-Jackson was booked twice in those matches but has yet to feature again for the first team under the management of Paul Lambert. Under the guidance of Louis van Gaal at United, Borthwick-Jackson made 14 first team appearances with Luke Shaw on the sidelines through injury during the 2015/16 season at the club. The then 19-year-old settled well and did what he needed to do on the pitch, even when introduced in the 42nd minute away to Liverpool at Anfield – with United earning a 1-0 victory late in the match.

Borthwick-Jackson was tipped to make a meteoric rise from the youth setup at United, earning regular first team appearances, which would have helped his development. The sacking of Van Gaal and the arrival of Jose Mourinho was something that stopped that from happening, with the player being told he was surplus to requirements this season and that he could go out for the entire season on loan. Many thought a Premier League team would be the destination for Borthwick-Jackson, who had proved that he was capable of playing in that league. When Wolves were touted as his destination, and the Championship being a tough league, it was expected that he would do well and his rise to fame would be helped implicitly. Things have not been going all that well for Borthwick-Jackson though.

Wolves manager Lambert was quoted by the Express and Star about the 20-year-old being short of match fitness and needing to do a lot more to get into the first team this season. Lambert said:

“I think Cameron [Borthwick-Jackson] is falling short at the minute. He would have to show a lot more. He’s doing alright in training but there’s more he has to do. It’s a bit of lack of fitness as well, even though he’s played in the under-23s. At this moment in time, he needs more.”

Borthwick-Jackson last played for the Wolves first team on the 5th November 2016 in a 3-2 defeat at home to Derby County. Since then, Lambert has preferred Matt Doherty or even George Saville ahead of Borthwick-Jackson, which has been described as a lack of match fitness – which can only be changed with the player getting matches, whether at first team or U23 level. Borthwick-Jackson has played for Wolves U23’s this season, but more recently he has played for Nicky Butt’s U23 side back at United. In the 3-1 victory over Sunderland on Monday evening, Borthwick-Jackson played 90 minutes, doing the same a few weeks previous as United bowed out of the Premier League International Cup with a 2-0 defeat to Porto. The stuttering nature of his career thus far could cause problems for Borthwick-Jackson, who will be under scrutiny by Mourinho as he looks to finalise his squad for next season, where United will be expected to challenge for the Premier League title.

Another loan spell for the 20-year-old may be on the cards, possible with a more solid structure being set up for the player – an agreed number of matches to be played in the first team, a recall clause being placed in the agreement should that not happen, which was presumed to be part of the loan agreement at Wolves this season. Many expected Borthwick-Jackson to be recalled by United during the January transfer window, but that never happened. This season has been a write-off for Borthwick-Jackson, who may well be looking for another club next season, whether permanently, or for another loan spell. What has happened at Wolves may see a lower level club be more beneficial for the player, as it will be seen as the player who has not been putting in the work, not the loan club, which could well be the case.

The fact that Borthwick-Jackson was playing well in the United first team last season, to not playing at all for Wolves, a team struggling in the Championship this season, seems very strange. Why would a player who in effect established himself in the United first team, throw it all away whilst on loan? There would at least be a 50/50 responsibility for the player doing so badly, but Paul Lambert seems to blame the player, which could well be the case. It would seem that Borthwick-Jackson may have a battle on his hands to earn himself a career in the world of football, with his career at United seemingly hanging in the balance.

It would be unfair to say Borthwick-Jackson may fail at United, as three days after becoming the new United manager, Mourinho, presumably, gave the go-ahead to sign Borthwick-Jackson to a new contract, which would keep him at the club until June 2020, with the option of a further year being added on. Mourinho would need to look at the player himself, see what makes him tick and see if he would fit into his plans. Writing him off after this failed loan spell would be tough and also something that could come back and bite the club. Another loan spell may well be on the cards into next season, but with Luke Shaw struggling to make the left-back position his own and Mourinho confirming that Daley Blind, Marcos Rojo, and Matteo Darmian were all ahead of the former Southampton man, would suggest that Borthwick-Jackson may have a look in next season.

This will certainly be an interesting one to watch. If Borthwick-Jackson can fight his way back into the Wolves first team, it will show Mourinho what he has, which may well define his Manchester United career.

Written by Mike Wilson

Loan Watch: Pereira and Wilson made debuts with defeats; Januzaj continues to stutter

So far this season Manchester United have five players out on loan; Guillermo Varela at Eintracht Frankfurt, Adnan Januzaj at  Sunderland, James Wilson at Derby County, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson at Wolverhampton Wanderers and Andreas Pereira at Granada. The summer transfer window closes on Wednesday evening so that number could well increase ahead of the first half of the season. The emergency loan spell window has been abolished this season, so teams will need to strengthen before the closure of the summer window. Here is how I feel the loan players did for their respective clubs this weekend.

Guillermo Varela – Eintracht Frankfurt

Guillermo Varela played 90 minutes in the 1-0 victory over Schalke in the Bundesliga on Saturday afternoon. The Uruguayan right-back played well but was booked in the final three minutes of the match. Last week, the player scored the winning penalty in the DFB-Pokal, earning his team a place in the second round of the competition. The only goal of the match was scored in the 13th minute  through Alexander Meier and was assisted by Szabolcs Huszti. Varela committed a few fouls and conceded corners on a few occasions, but he did what he needed to do in order for his side to win their first Bundesliga match this season. Varela has not been called up by Uruguay during the international break, so he will a period of rest before the season starts again.

Next Match: SV Darmstadt 98 – Bundesliga – Saturday 10th September 2016, KO 14:30 BST

Adnan Januzaj – Sunderland

Adnan Januzaj played 90 minutes in the 0-0 draw with Southampton in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon. The Belgian, despite scoring his debut goal for his loan club during the EFL Cup earlier in the week, was not on the scoresheet this weekend. He failed to achieve a shot on goal, his passing was poor; managing to successfully pass to a teammate 42% of the time. He created one chance, a key pass on the 36th minute of the match, but nothing came of it. Januzaj managed to get on of his two crosses to a teammate, again nothing transpired from them. Januzaj has talent, but his attitude seems to be something of a problem, probably why he has not been granted a chance at United this season. It could well be the end of the road for him, as looking at his form and what he offers, a player of his calibre should be head and shoulders above the players currently at Sunderland. It is funny that when he scores a goal like he did midweek, many seem to think he has made it. Not by a long shot. He has a lot to do in order to get himself back into United’s first team if that is, in fact, achievable at all. Januzaj was not called up by Belgium during the international break.

Next Match: Everton – Premier League – Monday 12th September 2016, KO 20:00 BST

James Wilson – Derby County

James Wilson was on the bench for his first Derby County match of the season following his loan move away from Manchester United. Derby was subjected to a 1-0 defeat to Burton Albion, which was a poor result for the away side. Wilson replaced Jacob Butterfield in the 56th minute of the match. The United striker had a shot on goal in the 90th minute of the match, but it was blocked. Wilson made five passes, all of which reached a teammate, which was good, but he needs to be doing more, and so do Derby. Two minutes into his debut, Wilson crossed into the box, but it did not reach a teammate and came to nothing. I am sure that given the chance, Wilson will start to find his feet, as this was his first competitive game this season. He played during some of United’s pre-season matches but had not played since then. Wilson has not been picked for England U21’s ahead of their European Championships qualifier against Norway.

Next Match: Newcastle United – Championship – Saturday 10th September 2016, KO 17:30 BST

Cameron Borthwick-Jackson – Wolverhampton Wanderers

Cameron Borthwick-Jackson was an unused substitute in the 1-0 defeat to Huddersfield Town in the Championship on Saturday afternoon. The Manchester United left-back did not feature in the EFL Cup through the week either. He has been loaned to Wolves in order to develop, but he is not going to do that on the bench, so we will keep an eye on this loan spell, which at this moment in time does remind me of Tyler Blackett’s failed loan spell at Celtic last season, but it is early days. Borthwick-Jackson, along with United teammates Dean Henderson and Axel Tuanzebe has been selected for England U20’s, who face Brazil on Sunday 4th September 2016.

Next Match: Burton Albion – Championship – Saturday 10th September 2016, KO 15:00 BST

Andreas Pereira – Granada

Andreas Pereira made his debut for Granada in the 5-1 defeat to Las Palmas in La Liga on Sunday evening. The Belgian-born Brazilian replaced Luis Martins in the 56th minute of the match, with his side trailing 2-1 at the time. Pereira had one shot on goal, in the 78th minute of the match, which was saved by the keeper. He maintained his passing at 63%, which was not all that bad. The Manchester United attack midfielder created one chance for his teammates with a key pass in the 71st minute, which came to nothing. Pereira was never going to have the debut of his life, having not played competitive football this season. The important factor is that he will gain some valuable first team football this season, in a competitive league where he will face Barcelona and Real Madrid, which may not be the best teams to play again, but the potential to learn is a massive thing for the young midfielder.

Next Match: SD Eibar – La Liga – Sunday 11th September 2016, KO 17:15 BST

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