The Loan Report: Pereira and Johnstone Impress – Yet again

The Loan Report

Here’s how Manchester United’s on-loan players fared this week at their respective clubs:

Andreas Pereira (Valencia)

Looked to have been pushed out of the team by Goncalo Guedes but returned to the starting line-up in the 3-2 victory over Athletic Bilbao. His performance has excited both United and Valencia fans, and his role in Zaza’s opening goal justified the hype around him. The No.11 teed up Jose Gaya on the overlap following a mazy dribble, and Zaza was in the right place at the right time to fire home the cutback. The young Brazilian came off to a deafening applause in the 70th minute as he continues to regain match fitness.

Valencia next face Real Betis after the international break

Sam Johnstone (Aston Villa)

Made two saves as his side saw off Burton Albion 4-0 in the midweek. Was a spectator for most of the game as his side swept Nigel Clough’s team aside.

Kept another clean sheet as Aston Villa defeated Bolton 1-0 later in the week. Bolton had three shots on target and Johnstone saved them all. He also claimed a ball late on as Bolton looked close to getting an equaliser. His save in the first half from Sammy Amoebi was his best save of the game. His confidence looks second to none.

Aston Villa, who’re now up to seventh in the league, face Wolverhampton Warriors next week in the Championship.

Cameron Borthwick-Jackson (Leeds United)

His indifferent form last week has led to him being excluded from the squad by boss Christiansen. The youngster wasn’t included in the 18 man squad against Cardiff City and Sheffield Wednesday, both games ending in a defeat. Junior Hoilett and Kenneth Zohore scored for Cardiff, while Roofe got a consolation goal back in a 3-1 defeat for the Whites.

Later in the week, they fell to a 3-0 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday, courtesy of a goal from Kieran Lee and a brace from Gary Hooper.

The sudden upturn in their form has seen Leeds United fall from the first position to the fifth position in under a week. They next face Reading in the Championship next Saturday.

Timothy Fosu-Mensah (Crystal Palace)

Watched the game from the stands as he was ineligible to face his parent club.

Matty Willock (FC Utrecht)

Came on for the final seven minutes as he side searched for the winner, but couldn’t as the game ended 1-1. The midfielder didn’t have much to do apart from protecting the back line and pushing other teammates forward.

FC Utrecht are now tenth in the league, and face SC Heerenveen next.

Dean Henderson (Shrewsbury Town)

Was between the sticks yet again as his side swept Scunthorpe United aside in a dominant 2-0 victory. They were culpable of not taking advantage and scoring a couple more, and the winners’ goalkeeper was a spectator for most of the evening. He just made three saves, and collected dangerous cross as he kept yet another clean sheet.

His side next face West Brom’s Under-21 team tonight in the Football League Trophy group stage match.