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Guillermo Varela could be out of chances and out of the club

Guillermo Varela has not had the greatest of starts at Manchester United. After signing for the club he spent time on loan with Real Madrid and was tipped to be signed permanently by the club, but that never happened. He then returned to United, played in the U21 league and because of injury, then manager Louis van Gaal called him up to the first team, giving him a chance to impress and that he did. After the Dutchman was sacked, Varela was not favoured by new manager Jose Mourinho and was loaned out to Eintracht Frankfurt for the entirety of last season. He did well but suffered a season-ending injury, which turned out to not be as serious as was first thought, but suffered a setback and sat out of action a little longer.

The Uruguayan was supposed to play for the Bundesliga club in the DFB-Pokal at the end of the season but despite being told not to, he got a tattoo which got infected and he was sent back to Manchester United prematurely, albeit by a few days, give or take. That showing of attitude would not have gone down well with Jose Mourinho, who chose not to take the player on the club’s pre-season tour of the United States of America and along with Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, Varela is linked with an exit from United this summer. With this being said, and with the likelihood a transfer could happen this summer, there would be little chance of the player breaking into Mourinho team next season.

If a transfer for the player fails, another loan spell could well happen with the Uruguayan out of contract next summer, which could see the player leave United as a free agent. Varela, if he has aspirations to play for United, will need to put his head down and show what he can do, particularly at the level he was at when Van Gaal gave him the chance as Mourinho may see something in the player if he works hard and does what he needs to do. Antonio Valencia is United’s right-back at present and he does not have competition in that role with Matteo Darmian mainly played at left-back following the injury to Luke Shaw, which could well change should Demetri Mitchell step up and contend with Shaw for the left-back slot.

Varela may be quickly running out of chances to succeed at the Old Trafford club, which could well be down to his attitude – if his ability was viewed alone, he would be given the chance to impress, so there must be something else stopping him from getting the chance he desires. I do expect Varela to leave the club this summer, whether a permanent switch or a loan spell as he seems to have run out of chances. However, there have been many players at different club’s who were out of chances, earning the respect of the manager and the chance to head in the right direction. If Varela does not put his head down and impress, he could have a long career ahead of him with a reputation which could supersede his ability, a bad mix for any club interested in him.

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

Loan Watch: Guillermo Varela scores the winning penalty for Frankfurt in DFB-Pokal

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

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