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.

Northampton Town the destination for Regan Poole ahead of 2017/18 season

Manchester United’s defender Regan Poole has moved to Northampton Town on loan for the entire 2017/18 season. The Welsh defender will spend the whole season playing for the League One club manager by former Newport manager Justin Edinburgh, the man who gave him the chance at his former club. Poole represented Wales in the Toulon Tournament during the summer. Back in 2015, Poole signed for United from Newport and he did well in the reserves in a central defensive role, also playing in the holding midfield position. The Welshman made his first team debut for United under the management of Louis van Gaal against Midtjylland in the UEFA Europa League at Old Trafford, a 5-1 hammering of the Danish club announcing the arrival of Marcus Rashford.

Edinburgh, a former full-back with Tottenham Hotspur gave Poole his debut as a 16-year-old at Newport, seeing the potential in the young lad, which much of the time at United has shown through. Poole has been compared to Rio Ferdinand, which is a bit premature but it was based on the former England and United captain at a similar age. The fact that Poole will be reuniting with Edinburgh will be a big boost for the player in his big to show Jose Mourinho what he can do in the tough first team environment, which will hopefully develop his game a lot more than the Premier League 2 could. When a player reaches a certain age, competitive first team football offers the best development. Speaking about Poole, Edinburgh said:

“Regan is a player I know well from my time at Newport County and he is an exceptionally talented player. I gave him his debut as a 16-year-old and he is a player with a fantastic temperament and someone who is well ahead of his years.”

Edinburgh, reported by the BBC also spoke about Poole’s ability as a central defender, being comfortable on the ball also being strong and having the best attributes to become a top player in the game. Poole will be pitted against Northampton Town defenders Ash Taylor and Leon Barnett for the upcoming season and if he makes the grade, he could achieve something good in League One. He said:

“He is a central defender who is comfortable on the ball. He is strong, he leaps well and he has all the attributes to be a top, top player. He is mobile and he will complement the other defenders we have at the club well.”

Poole spoke to the Northampton Chronicle and Echo about his loan spell with the Cobblers for the upcoming season. The 19-year-old said that Edinburgh had a huge part to play in the loan spell and that his agent and the Cobblers manager were in contact anyway after his time with Newport County. Poole said:

“Justin Edinburgh had a huge part to play in it. Him [Edinburgh] and my agent were in contact anyway, but when I was at Newport I knew we would reunite again because we got on so well, and to be honest he got me where I am today. He has played a big part in my career so far, and I am back here so hopefully, he can do it again.”

It would seem that Poole has a lot of respect for Justin Edinburgh for giving him that chance as a 16-year-old that he would follow the manager to another club in order to prove himself in a first team environment and enhance his career at Manchester United, if he was able to break into the first team, playing consistently at the highest level of the game. There is a long way to go for Poole just yet, but a successful season will highlight his development and hopefully see him returning to the Old Trafford club next summer with experience under his belt and possibly with a point to prove, showing Jose Mourinho what he has learned in the Football League, possibly helping him into the first team at Old Trafford, which could still happen for him.

Rise To Fame: Regan Poole; compared to Rio Ferdinand, this Welshman could make the grade

Manchester United made a move for Welsh defender Regan Poole towards the end of the 2015 summer transfer window, with the player waiting for the move to happen. He eventually moved from Newport County, which left his international clearance, before he was eligible to play for his new club, competitively at least. During his time at the club awaiting clearance to play, it was a positive for the then 17-year-old as it gave him time, out of the limelight, to settle in to his new club – completely different from his former club. Poole used to play for Cardiff City, but left for Newport to rebuild his career, coming on a long way, also becoming the youngest player to represent County in a League Two fixture against Shrewsbury Town – aged 16 years and 94 days. Poole spoke to the official Manchester United website after his first year at United, speaking about his time at his former club, his time on trial at United, playing the waiting game before he made his debut, his best performance last season, winning the Barclays U21 Premier League title and living in digs away from home. Poole said:

“We had a lot of injuries in defence. I’d been on the bench before but my debut came in an away game at Shrewsbury, who were high in the table and got promoted that year I think. If it wasn’t for Newport, I wouldn’t be here now. I’ve got a lot to thank them for.

“Justin Edinburgh [the former Tottenham defender] was the manager and I still speak to him now. He’s a really nice guy and it was a massive decision to throw me in at Shrewsbury. We drew 0-0 so it was a good clean sheet for me. I loved every minute of it – the crowd was always unbelievable and to be part of a promotion push at 16 was great.

“I came on trial for a week with the Under-21s and, after going back to Newport, I also had trials with Liverpool and Fulham. It was coming to the end of the transfer window and, although I could have stayed there, I felt it was time to move.

“It was hard on trial and I wasn’t sure I’d be coming back but Warren [Joyce] came to watch me a few times in Newport’s first team and he must have seen enough of me to make the decision before the end of the window.

“For me to come to United was massive and I grabbed the opportunity with both hands. I was a bit scared when I first joined as I’d always lived at home – when I played for Newport I travelled for half an hour in the car. The day before the deadline, finding out I was moving to Manchester on my own was a bit daunting but I couldn’t let the opportunity slide so I cam here to sign the papers and it was crazy.”

Playing the waiting game to make his first competitive appearance for his new club was frustrating for the 17-year-old. The player was subject to international clearance being that he came from another association, which when you think about it, Newport is less than 200 miles from Manchester, but it is in a different country – Wales. Poole trained with Warren Joyce’s U21 side, which helped him adapt to his new club and what is expected of the players. Poole missed his time to play in the FA Youth Cup with the U18 side, an age group he was eligible to play in at the time. Speaking of playing the waiting game, Poole said:

“It was a frustrating time really but I didn’t think I’d be training with the Under-21s when I first joined, never mind the first team,” he said. “I thought I’d be going with the Under-18s because I was eligible for them so it was a bonus. It was six months when I was expecting two months at the most and then three more and, when I got to three months, I felt ready. I ended up having to wait another three months and it did seem to go on and on.

“But I actually didn’t miss that many games, which was a good thing, and I’d been training with the first team. It was hard, though, as I was not expecting to be sidelined for six months but it helped me settle in a way. I was able to meet people and it gave me time to find my feet. They’re a great bunch of lads and even with the first team, I was surprised at how normal people like Bastian Schweinsteiger and Wayne Rooney were. They speak to you as if you’re their friend and it’s clear it’s a great family club. I’d settled in okay three months down the line so the last bit was the hardest.”

Poole ended up making nine appearances for the U21’s last season, two of those from the bench. He also managed to score three goals, which helped his side in the Barclays U21 Premier League for the final time. The league was being renamed and restructured along with the Premier League, naming the new league as the Premier League 2, raising the age from U21 to U23, still allowing three overage outfield players and one overage goalkeeper to play in each match. Poole’s debut came for United in a behind-closed-doors fixture against Everton, then he played in the Manchester derby, which he felt was his best performance for his new club. The Welshman won the U21 league for his club, also making his full debut for Louis van Gaal’s first team, albeit a cameo performance. Poole said:

“My best performance was in the City game. Because I’d missed so much of the season to be thrown in as a central midfielder was obviously a big shock but it suited me down to the ground. I made a block in the last-minute that helped save the three points for us.

“It was an incredible experience. I was on the bench before then in the away match against Midtjylland and then at Shrewsbury in the FA Cup. It would have been nice to make my debut against Shrewsbury again! For me to make my debut for Manchester United, though, is just incredible. It’s not a bad achievement at 17!” 

Poole turned 18 in June this year and is still dealing with living away from his family. The 18-year-old is thankful for the support of his family, which has helped him to make his mark at United and carve his future into the team, which will be led into another new era by Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho. Poole will not be restricted this season, being able to play from the off, and that he has done. United’s U23 side have played twice in the Premier League 2 this season, beating Leicester City 1-0 and losing 2-0 to Southampton; of which Poole has started each match. Speaking about living in digs and being grateful for the support of his family, Poole said:

“I live in digs. They are really nice people. But I do miss my family a lot and, if I get a day off, I do go home. It’s a three-hour drive but can be a nice surprise for them so I head home as much as I can.”

Poole still has a long way to go at Manchester United, making just one first team appearance thus far, but his former coach feels that he is a player to make the mark at the club, comparing him to former United defender Rio Ferdinand, who signed for the club back in 2002 and was the most expensive defender at the time, since surpassed by Manchester City’s John Stones. Cardiff and Vale County Schoolboys coach, Matty Davies first saw the player at the age of 13, feeling that he could go ‘all the way’ in the game that he loved. Speaking to the Manchester Evening News, Davies said:

“He is a smashing young man. He is as technically able as Rio Ferdinand. He has an eye for defence-splitting passes and is very comfortable on the ball, he has a little bit of everything. He can do a number of roles and he has got the hunger and desire to be better.” He started out in centre midfield and worked his way back. He can play in a number of positions. In terms of where he will end up, I haven’t got a crystal ball but he played at right-back for us as well. We used Gareth Bale as an example because he played a lot at left-back. Regan’s attitude is a bit similar to Ben Davies, who’s now at Tottenham. His attitude is spot on. He was the first in to training and the last to leave. He was like a sponge, always wanting to learn.”

Poole seems to be a player who could add a lot to the squad, should he make it that far at the club, being that the competition for places will get high with all the talent on offer at the AON Training Complex over the coming years. Poole can do a job in defence, as he has shown, but also in midfield, a role he played in last season, his debut season at Manchester United. The Welshman will have everything at his disposal to help him impress on his way to the top, which is where I can see him heading, whether at United, or another club. Poole is a Manchester United supporter, which always helps and it was clear that his dream was to play for the Old Trafford club, something he is doing now, so if he keeps trying, achieving his goals, the world could well be his oyster.

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