Nine Reds on loan: Their season so far
The international break affords us the opportunity to catch up with how our nine loanees are faring in their moves away from Manchester United...
DEAN HENDERSON (SHEFFIELD UNITED)
The England Under-21 international is, once again, enjoying a superb spell on loan after previously shining for Stockport County, Grimsby Town and Shrewsbury Town. An instant hit with the passionate Bramall Lane faithful, his showings have helped the Blades push for promotion from the Championship as they are currently three points adrift of leaders Norwich City. Henderson kept a fifth clean sheet of the campaign in last Friday's goalless Steel City derby with Sheffield Wednesday and has made 17 appearances in total.
JAMES WILSON (ABERDEEN)
The striker scored a beauty in the recent 3-0 win over Hamilton Academical to earn the Goal of the Month award for the Scottish Premiership. Dons boss Derek McInnes said:
“He is capable of those moments, but we're showing patience. He has not played a lot of late, so don't expect him to score that type of goal every week, but it shows you the level the boy can play at. The only way he's going to get to his level is by playing the minutes. He should remember the reaction of the support when he scores and hopefully it gives him that appetite to score more goals." Willo now has two goals from seven outings (six starts) in the league.
DEMI MITCHELL (HEARTS)
The versatile 21-year-old has played in a variety of positions for Craig Levein's side and helped the Jambos top the Scottish Premiership recently. Operating in a wide midfield role at times, he has managed to rack up 12 appearances, starting in a key test at Celtic, where the hosts and reigning champions eventually ran out 5-0 victors. He came on during the defeat to Kilmarnock last weekend and will strive to emulate the success he enjoyed at Tynecastle last season.
MATTY WILLOCK (ST MIRREN)
Another of the Reds' loan brigade north of the border, the midfielder has played in 12 games for the Buddies, performing in roles all across the midfield. He started the recent clash with Steven Gerrard's Rangers and also came off the bench to help earn a point in an earlier fixture with Celtic. Willock already knew the division after having a spell with St Johnstone in 2017/18.
JOEL PEREIRA (VITORIA SETUBAL)
United representatives are keeping tabs on the keeper in his homeland and he played in last Friday's 2-1 success against Feirense. It was an eighth appearance for his adopted team, and he has kept two clean sheets in that spell. Although he will be disappointed with the nature of Feirense's goal, when his fisted clearance was headed back into the net by Cris, Pereira will hope to keep his place in the side and look to obtain some rhythm by getting a regular run between the sticks.
AXEL TUANZEBE (ASTON VILLA)
The impressive defender has been outstanding since switching to centre-back and is clearly learning from working under coach John Terry. Although often deployed at right-back before Steve Bruce's departure, the 21-year-old is now being paired with a former Red, James Chester, at the heart of manager Dean Smith's back four. Tuanzebe has helped Villa limit the opposition to just one goal in his last three appearances and he was particularly outstanding in the impressive 3-0 victory at Derby County.
“He has got great pace and is a big prospect," commented Smith.
KIERAN O'HARA (MACCLESFIELD TOWN)
The Republic of Ireland youngster has amassed 12 appearances for the League Two strugglers, including last night's 2-1 win over West Bromwich Albion Under-21s in the Checkatrade Trophy. O'Hara was unfortunate to play against a rampant West Ham United in the Carabao Cup, when the goalkeeper could not be blamed for any of the eight goals, and a taste of Emirates FA Cup action also ended in disappointment, with a 2-1 reverse at Maidstone United last weekend. The first-round tie at the Gallagher Stadium, when a penalty by Blair Turgott settled matters, was his first match in just over a month.
TIM FOSU-MENSAH (FULHAM)
The Reds' sole Premier League loanee may have overcome a dislocated shoulder but he has had a tough couple of weeks as the Cottagers have suffered a major loss in form, resulting in seven successive defeats in all competitions. The Netherlands international conceded a penalty in the 3-0 home setback against Bournemouth, when bringing down Callum Wilson, and was unfortunate to have an own goal against him as he got the final touch in the decisive moment of the 1-0 loss at Huddersfield. He has played eight times in all for the London outfit but missed the latest defeat at Liverpool.
CAMERON BORTHWICK-JACKSON (SCUNTHORPE UNITED)
The defender has played 17 times for The Iron and had highs and lows during his time in League One. The highlight was undoubtedly the fact he scored twice to register his first senior goals in the 5-3 triumph over Charlton Athletic last month. Before then, however, he suffered a worrying injury against AFC Wimbledon even if, despite experiencing concussion, it turned out to be not as bad as it initially looked. He also picked up a hip injury against Oxford United recently but has been gaining plenty of game time which is the main aim of all the loan deals.
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