Loan Watch: Henderson and O’Hara impress
It was another busy weekend of football both in England, and across Europe, for Manchester United’s loan players.
Dean Henderson was perhaps the pick of the bunch, with the goalkeeper performing well for Sheffield United against Southampton on Saturday afternoon.
The 22-year-old was voted the Blades’ Man of the Match in the 1-0 defeat at Bramall Lane and he pulled off a superb acrobatic save to deny Che Adams in the first half.
Our Academy player performance manager Les Parry, who is in charge of the Reds’ on-loan players, believes Dean’s progressions through the various leagues means he is developing right on schedule.
“The good thing, when we’ve spoken before about Dean, was we planned this,”explained Les.
“If you could put a loan strategy up for a player that worked, this would be it. He wanted non-league experience [at Stockport County], then a year at League Two, at Grimsby, League One with Shrewsbury, then a year in the Championship with Sheffield United. Now he’s playing in the Premier League. It’s gone like clockwork.
“The reason for that is he’s single minded. He knows what he wants, and we all know him, and all love him as he’s very, very single minded.“
The youngster, who made his international debut in midweek for Republic of Ireland, produced a superb display for Burton Albion on Saturday as they held top-of-the-table Coventry City to a 0-0 draw.
O’Hara’s stand-out moment was his save to deny Jordy Hiwula in the last 15 minutes of their League One clash, which ensured he kept a fourth clean sheet in a row for the Brewers.
Other goalkeepers, Alex Fojticek and Jacob Carney were also in action for Stalybridge Celtic and Stocksbridge Park Steels respectively.
Elsewhere, Alexis Sanchez made his Inter Milan debut in the club’s 1-0 win over Udinese on Saturday. The Chilean replaced Matteo Politano for the final 10 minutes of the game against his former side, which was settled by Stefano Sensi’s strike just before the interval.
The three-time European champions are currently top of Serie A and are the only team in the division with a 100 per cent record after three games.
Smalling, who is yet to feature for Roma since his move last month, is set to undergo a scan to determine the severity of the muscle problem.
Also on the continent, Aidan Barlow suffered a disappointing evening against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s former side Molde. Barlow’s Tromso went down 3-0 to league leaders Molde, with the on-loan United man playing the first hour.
George Tanner was also in action over the weekend. However, he endured a disappointing afternoon in Lincolnshire, as Morecambe went down 3-0 to Scunthorpe in their League Two meeting. The defender played the full 90 minutes on Saturday, the third game in a row he has done so for the Shrimps.
In the same division, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson was introduced as a first-half substitute for Tranmere Rovers in their 3-0 loss to Oxford United.
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