Wilfried Zaha (Cardiff City) – Zaha made his Cardiff debut against Norwich. Solskjaer brought him on in the 38th minute to replace Peter Whittingham in an inspired tactical substitution when Cardiff were trailing 1-0. Zaha made an instant impact and added a bit more life in Cardiff’s attack. Early in the second half, he pounced on a loose ball and played a perfectly weighted ball through Norwich’s defence into Craig Bellamy’s path who scored the equaliser. Just a minute later, Cardiff doubled their score through Kenwyne Jones. Zaha was awarded man of the match for his game-changing debut in which he played almost double the Premier League minutes as he had at United.
Will Keane (Queen’s Park Rangers) – Will’s loan move to QPR wasn’t finalised in time for him to be included in their squad for their 3-3 draw against Burnley.
Tom Thorpe (Birmingham City) – Thorpe started his first ever senior match but lasted only 11 minutes before he landed awkwardly inside Derby’s penalty box. He received lengthy treatment on the pitch before being stretchered off the pitch. He will be assessed by the United medical staff. He looked composed until his unfortunate injury.
Tyler Blackett (Birmingham City) – Blackett started at left back for Birmingham as they took on Derby. He gave away a penalty when he brought down Will Hughes inside the penalty area. Luckily for Blackett his error did not prove costly as Darren Randolph was able to make the save. Blackett does like to get forward which was evident in this game but needs to work a little more on the defensive side of things.
Federico Macheda (Birmingham City) – Kiko started on the bench for Birmingham. He was brought on at the hour mark as Birmingham were trailing 2-1. He looked bright but unfortunately Birmingham went another goal down not long after he came on. However, Kiko was heavily involved in helping the Blues get something from the game. With 12 minutes remaining, his blocked shot rebounded to Burke who reduced the deficit. Then in the third minute of added time Kiko did what he does best, scoring important goals. He pounced on a rebound from a corner and slotted it home to secure a point for the Blues.
Sam Johnstone (Doncaster Rovers) – Johnstone went straight into the Doncaster’s starting XI for their match against Middlesbrough. Doncaster dominated for most of the first hour so Johnstone wasn’t really troubled in the opening stages. Middlesbrough came back into the match for the last half hour, their best chance coming in the 59th minute when Main headed towards goal but Johnstone saved easily and managed to keep a clean sheet on his debut as Rovers drew 0-0.
Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic) – Powell failed a late fitness test ahead of Wigan’s 2-1 win over Charlton after picking up a hamstring in Wigan’s last match.
Jack Barmby (Hartlepool United) – Barmby made his first start for Hartlepool as they took on Scunthorpe. He looked bright and involved in a lot of Pools good play particularly in the first half. He showed great skill when he skipped past two opposition defenders and nipped into the box to test Slocombe with a powerful shot but the Scunthorpe keeper was equal to it. He was replaced by Jack Compton in the 83rd minute.