Two more Reds left Old Trafford on loan over the weekend, and immediately clocked up some minutes for their temporary clubs...
Ritchie De Laet was helpless to prevent a 1-0 defeat to Leeds as he made his Sheffield United debut in a feisty Yorkshire derby at Elland Road. De Laet was introduced to the action at half-time, putting in a confident display at right-back for Gary Speed’s Blades.
Also making his loan-debut was hot-shot striker Nicky Ajose, who has signed for League two promotion chasers Bury on a one month deal. The Bury-born forward came on for the final 10 minutes to help consolidate a comfortable 2-0 win at Cheltenham.
Danny Welbeck played 80 minutes for Sunderland and was pivotal in securing an impressive 2-2 draw with Liverpool at Anfield. The England under-21 star took a heavy blow to the head from Steven Gerrard, resulting in his substitution for Asamoah Gyan.
Mame Biram Diouf’s fine form in a Blackburn Rovers shirt was rewarded with a start against Blackpool as Sam Allardyce’s men secured a dramatic 2-1 win. The Senegalese striker had struck four goals in eight, but failed to hit the target against the Tangerines before being substituted at half-time.
James Chester and Oliver Norwood both retained their starting places for Carlisle United but were at the wrong end of a 2-0 defeat to Bournemouth. Norwood continued to anchor the midfield before being substituted on 55 minutes, while Chester completed a full game at centre-half.
Elsewhere, Tom Cleverly, Joshua King, Matthew James and Danny Drinkwater all missed out through injury for Wigan Athletic, Preston North End and Cardiff City respectively, while Cameron Stewart was overlooked for Yeovil Town's 3-1 defeat to Exeter City.