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Loan Watch: Midweek clashes for several Reds

Thursday 20 April 2023 10:00

A lot of Manchester United’s loanees had fixtures on Tuesday or Wednesday this week, as play-off races and relegation battles continue across the English football pyramid.

In the Championship, Amad provided an assist for Sunderland’s goal in the Black Cats’ 1-1 draw with Huddersfield on Tuesday.

Tony Mowbray’s side took a first half lead at the Stadium of Light, with Amad creating for Leeds loanee Joe Gelhardt to finish, but the Terriers came back in the second half through Josh Koroma to level things up.

The tie means Sunderland sit ninth in the table at present, just two points off the play-off spots with just three games to play.


On the same amount of points as the Black Cats are Preston North End, where United loanee Alvaro Fernandez is plying his trade this term. The Spaniard played the full 90 away to Swansea on Wednesday, as PNE fell to a 4-2 defeat.

One of the teams both Fernandez and Amad are chasing down is Millwall, and they may have been helped by Hannibal’s Birmingham City on Tuesday.

The Blues travelled to The Den and emerged 1-0 winners in the end, thanks to an early goal from Lukas Jutkiewicz. Hannibal was introduced as a 79th-minute substitute.

Axel Tuanzebe was not involved as Stoke lost 1-0 away to Wigan on Tuesday, while Ethan Laird didn’t feature in Queens Park Rangers’ 1-1 draw at home to Norwich on Wednesday.

As we move through the tiers, Di’Shon Bernard played the full match as Portsmouth drew 1-1 with Oxford United in League One. Shola Shoretire was an unused substitute in Bolton’s 1-1 tie away to Burton.

In League Two, Charlie McNeill was on the receiving end of Newport County's 2-1 home loss against Mansfield, while Charlie Savage played 86 minutes in already-relegated Forest Green Rovers’ 0-0 stalemate against Fleetwood.

Ethan Galbraith came on in added time as Salford City recorded an important 2-0 victory over Hartlepool at the Peninsula Stadium, keeping their hopes of a play-off place alive. The Ammies are in seventh, just two points behind sixth-placed Bradford City, with three games to go.

Rounding up our midweek Loan Watch are young duo Maximilian Oyedele and Joe Hugill, who both started Altrincham FC’s 2-2 draw with Dagenham and Redbridge. Oyedele played 47 minutes while Hugill lasted 65.