The Loan Report: Pereira Impresses while Borthwick-Jackson still injured

The Loan Report

Here’s how Manchester United’s on-loan players fared with their respective clubs this weekend-

Andreas Pereira (Valencia CF)

Played the full 90 minutes in the 2-1 win over Alaves in La Liga. Assisted Simone Zaza’s opening goal in the 34th minute as the former West Ham flop scored an emphatic strike into the top right corner from the edge of the box. His only other notable action was his beautiful cross but Rodrigo Moreno’s subsequent header was well blocked. This was Pereira’s second good game in a row, which could probably help him secure a first-team place for the next few matches hopefully.

With this win, Valencia CF extend their lead by four points to Real Madrid and are now second in the league after Barcelona with 24 points. They next face Leganes in the league on Saturday afternoon.

Sam Johnstone (Aston Villa)

Kept a clean sheet as his side drew 0-0 with Birmingham City in the Championship. Made a couple of brilliant saves to help his side earn a draw. Made a blunder in the 34th minute as his kick went straight to Isaac Vassel, but was able to avert any subsequent danger. Made his best save just minutes later in the 39th minute, as he stopped Cheikh N’Doye’s point-blank header. Had a decent game overall but was let down by a poor defence ahead of him.

His side, who are now sixth the standings with 23 points, next face Preston North End in the Championship on Wednesday evening.

Timothy Fosu-Mensah (Crystal Palace)

Replaced Patrick van Aanholt after just nine minutes against West Ham United as the left wing back got injured trying to whip in a cross from the left. He switched to the right after the break and had an error-free game as Crystal Palace snatched a late equaliser to earn a point in the 2-2 draw at home to West Ham. Wilfred Zaha’s goal deep in stoppage time cancelled out the efforts of Bilic’s men, who took the lead through Javier Hernandez and Andre Ayew’s goals.

With this draw, Palace earned points only the second time this season and are still 20th with 4 points. They next face 3rd placed Tottenham in the Premier League this Sunday.

Cameron Borthwick-Jackson (Leeds United)

Is currently sidelined with the injury he suffered in the 3-1 loss to Leicester City in the Carabao Cup last week. Was in the stands as he saw his team fall to a 2-1 defeat to new league leaders Sheffield United, courtesy of goals from Billy Sharp and substitute David Brooks.

His side remain fifth in the standings, and next face Brentford in the Championship this weekend.

Matty Willock (FC Utrecht)

Came on for the final ten minutes in his side’s 2-2 draw with NAC Breda in the Eredivisie. Only had to protect his back line as his side had just equalised through Nick Venema’s goal.

His side are now 8th in the league standings, and next face Ajax in the league next Sunday.