United's seven young loanees enjoyed mixed weekends with their temporary clubs, as two won, two drew and three tasted defeat...
Mame Biram Diouf followed on from his Carling Cup hat-trick against Norwich City with a strike against Arsenal. The Senegalese striker's tap-in hauled Blackburn level at Ewood Park after Theo Walcott's opener, but Andrei Arshavin hit a second-half winner for the Gunners.
Sunderland's dramatic victory over Manchester City, although sealed by Darren Bent's late penalty, was inspired in no small part by the introduction of Danny Welbeck. Having replaced former United colleague Fraizer Campbell at half-time, the 19-year-old galvanized the Black Cats' attack, playing a major role in a key victory for Steve Bruce's men.
Matty James and Joshua King both completed 90 minutes for Preston North End at Sheffield United, but the Lilywhites were on the wrong end of a 1-0 defeat as Gary Speed notched his first win as Blades manager. Preston were more than a match for their hosts, with King particularly lively upfront, but a scorching drive from Jean Calve sent Darren Ferguson's side away empty-handed.
Danny Drinkwater continued his fine form in the centre of Cardiff City's midfield as the Bluebirds
Mame Biram Diouf - Striker - Blackburn Rovers until 30/06/11
Danny Welbeck - Striker - Sunderland until 30/06/11
Danny Drinkwater - Midfielder - Cardiff City until 30/06/11
Matty James - Midfielder - Preston North End until 30/06/11
Joshua King - Forward - Preston North End until 14/11/10
James Chester - Defender - Carlisle United until 03/01/11
Cameron Stewart - Winger - Yeovil Town until 17/01/11