Jesse Lingard’s first outing since extending his loan from United to Birmingham City until December ended in defeat to Leeds United.
The 20-year-old midfielder had impressed the Midlands outfit enough to see his stay extended for another couple of months, but Sunday’s visit to Elland Road was one to forget for the Blues, who were on the wrong end of a 4-0 score line.
Elsewhere in the Championship, United’s Nick Powell played the full 90 minutes of Wigan’s 1-0 defeat to Blackpool. The only goal of the game came from Tom Ince, son of former Reds’ midfielder Paul, now manager of the Tangerines. Ince senior was nowhere to be seen, as he is currently banned from entering stadiums while Blackpool play for disciplinary reasons, while Powell will be keen to put the result behind him as the Latics prepare to face Rubin Kazan in the Europa League on Thursday.
Ryan Tunnicliffe was in action for Ipswich Town as the Tractor Boys hosted Championship leaders Burnley, but it was the high-flying East Lancashire side who had the last laugh, extending their lead at the top of the table with a goal 10 minutes from time to give the Clarets a 1-0 win.
Moving to United’s loan stars gaining valuable experience overseas, Angelo Henriquez played in Real Zaragoza’s 1-1 draw with Deportivo which combined with their 2-1 win over Ponferradina, which our Chilean 19-year-old striker played in last week, sees Zaragoza at eighth place in Spain’s Segunda Division.
A 1-1 draw with Heracles for NEC Nijmegan, featuring Marnick Vermijl, leaves them rooted to the foot of the Eredivisie table. Things started well for the United defender’s side, who took lead after just two minutes through Rens van Eijden, but despite playing for two-thirds of the match with 10 men, NEC’s hopes of a first win of the season were dashed by an equaliser in the 87th minute.
Bebe was not in action as Pacos de Ferreira and the rest of the Portuguese Liga took a weekend off, but our Italian midfielder Davide Petrucci played for the last 10 minutes