The Loan Report: Pereira on the verge of move

Here’s how the on-loan United players fared on loan this season-

Sam Johnstone (Aston Villa)

Was rested in the EFL Cup, when his side defeated Wigan Athletic 4-1 to advance to the third round.

Later in the week, in the Championship, he played in his side’ 1-1 draw at Ashton Gate Stadium. Jamie Paterson’s 60th-minute goal was cancelled out by Villa’s Josh Onomah just four minutes later.

Johnstone had a decent game overall, as he made four saves, two of which were parried and two were collected. Although his distribution wasn’t top notch, he was on hand to avert danger by coming out of his box on two occasions, most notably on Samba’s miscued back pass. Three of his saves on the day came in crucial moments when Villa was on back foot after the 75th minute.

His side, who fell to 18th in the standings after the loss, next play Brentford in the Championship after the international break ends.

Cameron Borthwick-Jackson (Leeds United)

Made his debut in his side’s 5-1 victory over Newport County in the EFL Cup, playing full 90 minutes. Roofe’s hat trick and Samuel Saiz and Ronaldo Vieira’s goals were enough to send them through to the third round of the competition.

Wasn’t at his best given that this was his first game in weeks, but looked composed in possession and looked solid and comfortable at right side of the defence.

Later in the week, he was an unused substitute in his side’s 2-0 victory over Nottingham Forest. Kemar Roofe and Ezgjan Alioski scored either side of half time to send their team third in the Championship after five matches, behind only Cardiff City and Ipswich Town.

Timothy Fosu-Mensah (Crystal Palace)

Played the second half in his side’s 2-1 win over Ipswich in the EFL Cup second round. Slotted seamlessly into the back three as he replaced Scott Dann. Looked solid but his only notable contributions were his two back-to-back important interceptions in the 81st minute.

He also played the full 90 minutes at the weekend in a 2-0 loss to Swansea in the Premier League. He struggled physically against Tammy Abraham, and was lucky to have not been caught out, when he failed to avert a through ball but fortunately Hennessey bailed him out with a save. He was shifted to an unusual wing back position after the break and he looked solid and provided a decent attacking outlet on the right. Did waste possession a couple of times with some wayward crosses, and definitely needs to work on his crossing abilities and long passes.

Crystal Palace face Burnley when the international break ends.

Andreas Pereira

Hasn’t left on loan yet but according to surprising Spanish newspaper reports, he’s on his way to join Valencia on a season-long loan. The youngster, who impressed at Granada last season, is said to have reached an agreement with the Spanish club after Mourinho failed to guarantee him first team action this season, going back on his words that he’d be playing significantly more this season. He wasn’t included in any of the three match day squads in the league, and with Valencia owner Peter Lim personally visiting Manchester to broker a deal, it’s only a matter of time before one of the clubs announces the deal.