The Loan Report: No place for Januzaj as Pereira unable to stop drubbing

The Loan Report

Here’s how on-loan United players fared this weekend-

Andreas Pereira

Played 80 minutes in the 4-0 drubbing at the hands of Real Madrid. Morata and James Rodriguez scored a brace each as they sank Tony Adams’ already relegated team. Pereira, playing in the No.10 position, had a poor game against the second string Madrid side. His most notable contributions were a couple of pinpoint cross-field long passes and a bit of skilful dribbling to first beat Casemiro and then Ramos. Replaced by Juan Entrena with nine minutes to go.

Sam Johnstone

Played in the game against already promoted Brighton. The entertaining contest ended in a 1-1 draw, as Jack Grealish came off the bench to score a very late goal that cancelled Glenn Murray’s second half penalty. The draw eventually crowned Newcastle as champions of the Championship. Johnstone only had to make a couple of saves, and his save from Baldock’s shot in the 57th minute was superb. Nathan Baker got sent off for a reckless challenge on Glenn Murray inside the box, and Johnstone was sent the wrong way from the resulting penalty.

This was Villa’s last game in the league this season, and was Johnstone’s final game for the blue and clarets this loan spell. He’s had a fabulous season, keeping the highest number of clean sheets in the Championship in 2017. This form has seen his stock rise, and a bidding war is expected for him in the close season. There’s a good enough possibility that Aston Villa could sign him on a permanent transfer, since Steve Bruce wants the player, who helped them to a 13th placed position this season, to be a long-term fix for their goalkeeping problems.

Adnan Januzaj

Was left out of the squad in Sunderland’s 2-0 win over Hull City. His poor form recently hasn’t gone unnoticed by Moyes, as the young Belgian didn’t even make the bench. He could very possibly have played his last game on loan for the Black Cats.