Season loans: Cleverley (Wigan), Diouf (Blackburn), Drinkwater (Cardiff), James (Preston), Welbeck (Sunderland)

Short-term loans: Ajose (Bury), Chester (Carlisle), C Evans (Carlisle), De Laet (Sheffield United) King (Preston), Wootton (Tranmere)

26/10/2010 15:41, Report by Steve Bartram
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Loans: Comings and goings

These are hectic times in United's loan programme. As some short term deals end and others extend, longer term deals wind on. charts the ongoing contributions of the dislocated Reds...

Midweek action

Under the terms of his loan deal, Tom Cleverley was ineligible to feature for Wigan in their Carling Cup win over Swansea, but shone in a brief cameo and twice came close to scoring during the Latics' weekend draw with Bolton.

Scott Wootton's fine form for Tranmere continued with a key role in Rovers' passage to the quarter-finals of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy. The 19-year-old shone defensively and had a goal ruled out for offside in Tuesday's goalless draw with Stockport, and he converted a penalty as County were overcome in a shootout.

Weekend action

Danny Welbeck’s fine form continued in Sunderland’s narrow victory over Aston Villa. Fortune favoured the Black Cats as Villa’s Richard Dunne scored the only goal of the game. Welbeck, who completed 65 minutes, was denied his first goal for Steve Bruce’s side by an impressive save from Brad Friedel.

Matty James once again anchored Preston’s midfield capably, as Darren Ferguson’s side fought out a thrilling 4-3 victory over Crystal Palace. The England under-19s skipper completed 90 minutes as North End moved out of the Championship’s relegation zone. Joshua King missed out through injury.

Ritchie De Laet enjoyed another busy afternoon on the left side of Sheffield United’s defence at Doncaster. The Blades slipped to a 2-0 defeat to remain in a precarious position 13th position.

James Chester’s superb run at the heart of the Carlisle defence was curtailed by injury after 19 minutes of his side’s clash with Charlton. Chester retired injured with the score

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