Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic) – Powell made his long awaited return from injury coming off the bench in the 54th minute in Wigan’s 1-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday. It was a decent 36 minutes from Powell given his long lay-off. He almost set up Fortune who just wasn’t able to control a pass. He had a few chances himself but his closest chance came when he fired over from 25 yards.
Will Keane (Queen’s Park Rangers) – Will played the full match for QPR as they lost 2-0 to Brighton. He reacted quickly to a throw in in the early stages but couldn’t direct his attempt on target. He worked hard but clear cut chances were few and far between and those he did get were blocked by former United keeper Tomasz Kuszczak.
Jesse Lingard (Brighton & Hove Albion) – Lingard played the full match in Brighton’s 2-0 win over QPR. He combined with Bruno on the edge of the box and had a shot that went wide of the far-post. He wasn’t overly involved in the match and was booked in the 80th minute for persistent fouling.
Sam Johnstone (Doncaster Rovers) – Johnstone was in goal as Doncaster won 2-1 at home to Watford. Watford had the first chance but Johnstone got down quickly to make the save. He was lucky not to have a penalty awarded against him when he tangled with Troy Deeney in the penalty area. Despite vehement appeals from Watford, the referee didn’t award a spot-kick. He was beaten in the 68th minute when Anya slotted home past him.
Tom Lawrence (Yeovil Town) – Lawrence played the full match in Yeovil’s 1-0 defeat to Ipswich. He put in a really lively performance and was at the heart of all Yeovil’s attacking moves in the opening stages. He almost gave his side the lead in the second minute when a one-two with Luke Ayling from a short corner left him in a shooting position but his powerful 25 yard effort went wide.
Jack Barmby (Hartlepool United) – Barmby played 86 minutes in Hartlepool’s 0-0 draw with Accrington Stanley. He had an early chance but it went over the crossbar. He was booked in the 19th minute for a foul on Lawrence Wilson and had a couple more chances but failed to test the keeper with any of his efforts.
Federico Macheda (Birmingham City) – Macheda came on for Birmingham as they were trailing 1-0. There was significant improvement in the Blues play once he was introduced and he opening his account just two minutes after coming on when he side-footed into the net. Goals went in from both teams and it looked as though Burnley would secure all three points until Kiko headed home an equaliser in the fourth minute of added time to seal a 3-3 draw.
Tyler Blackett (Birmingham City) – Blackett started for Birmingham as they took on Burnley. Tested former United keeper Tom Heaton with a volley in the early stages. Also sent in the cross which Lee Novak headed on for Macheda to score his second goal of the match.
Michael Keane (Blackburn Rovers) – Michael played the full match for Blackburn as they lost 1-0 to Bournemouth. He came closest to scoring for Rovers in the second half when he headed a Conway cross over the bar but Blackburn lost for the second game in a row.
Sam Byrne (Carlisle United) – Byrne played 72 minutes in Carlisle’s 1-0 defeat to Sheffield United. At one point, he trapped the ball 30 yards out, turned but was left in dismay as his shot went into the stands. He also got into a good position and called for a cutback when Amoo broke free but he took on the shot which the keeper turned away.
Charni Ekangamene (Carlisle United) – Ekangamene was not included in Carlisle squad for their match against Sheffield United.