Manchester United’s loanees are embroiled in the key promotion and relegation issues as the Championship season draws to an exciting climax on Saturday.
Will Keane’s QPR and Nick Powell’s Wigan Athletic have both clinched play-off places but Jesse Lingard faces final-day drama with Brighton & Hove Albion. The England Under-21 international has been instrumental in the Seagulls’ charge towards the top six but Reading are a point ahead in the final spot. Lingard, who is in action at Nottingham Forest, and hoping for favourable news from the Royals’ home clash with already-promoted Burnley, continues to impress United's reserve-team coach Warren Joyce.
“Jesse is a good player,” he told United Review. “I am sure he could play in the Premier League. He has done everything that has been asked of him there and hopefully he ends up getting experience of the play-offs and even appearing at Wembley.”
Michael Keane looks likely to narrowly miss out on extending the season with Blackburn Rovers but the defender has earned praise from manager Gary Bowyer for his fine displays and three goals from a defensive position. “The level of performances Michael has produced for us has been exceptional,” enthused Bowyer.
At the other end of the table, Doncaster Rovers keeper Sam Johnstone is likely to be busy against champions Leicester City, who are bidding to break the 100-point mark, at the King Power Stadium. Rovers are only a point above Birmingham City, who occupy the remaining relegation spot, with a far