Man United loan watch: Nani scores again, Hernandez still on the fringes and Cleverley picks up two wins in one week.

by Phil Shearer

Nani was on the score sheet again for Sporting Lisbon, notching the winner as Sporting defeated Penafiel 3-2 on Monday night. Nani scored the winner in the 70th minute before being substituted to a warm reception on 85 minutes. Nani did not take part in Sporting’s 2-2 draw with Nacional last Thursday.

Javier Hernandez managed a brief cameo as Real Madrid slipped to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Athletic Bilbao. Hernandez replaced Karim Benzema in the 80th minute but was unable to make an impact on the game and change Real Madrid’s fortunes. Hernandez is struggling to secure regular playing time and make an impact at Madrid.

Tom Cleverley experienced a dramatic change in fortunes, as Aston Villa picked up two wins against West Brom in the space of a week. Cleverley completed 77 minutes as Villa secured a dramatic 2-1 Premier League win during last week. He then completed 65 minutes in Villa’s less dramatic 2-0 win in the F.A. Cup at the weekend.

Will Keane completed 88 minutes as Sheffield Wednesday continued their impressive run of form with a 1-0 win over Blackpool at the weekend. Lewis McGugan scored the only goal of the game, a game that Wednesday dominated and could have won by a bigger margin.  The win followed on from a 2-1 defeat by Blackburn Rovers during the week, a game in which Keane completed the full 90 minutes.

Ben Pearson played 57 minutes of Barnsley’s 3-0 win over Walsall at the weekend. Barnsley were comfortable winners and the result continues their push for a place in the play-offs. The win followed on from a 1-0 win over Coventry during last week, a game in which Pearson completed the full ninety minutes. He has also extended his loan deal and will remain at Barnsley until the end of the season.

Jesse Lingard played 25 minutes for Derby in their 2-2 draw with Birmingham. Lingard came on to replace Jamie Ward on 75 minutes and will have been disappointed to see Derby concede two late goals and throw away what would have been an important win. Derby are one of four teams currently sitting on 66 points at the top of the Championship. During last week Lingard came on as a substitute in the 72nd minute as Derby were on the wrong side of a 2-0 result against Brighton.

Saidy Janko and Ben Amos completed 90 minutes for Bolton Wanderers as they conceded a late goal to draw 1-1 with Reading last week. Amos may have thought he was set to claim another clean sheet before Jamie Mackie notched a dramatic equaliser for the F.A. Cup quarter-finalists.

Sam Johnstone kept another clean sheet for Preston as they beat MK Dons 2-0 at the weekend. Johnstone will be delighted with another victory without conceding as Preston continue their push for promotion. They currently sit in second place, two points above the play-off places but ten points behind leaders Bristol City. During last week Johnstone picked the ball out of the net twice as Preston drew 2-2 with Doncaster. Preston looked set for defeat only for a 94th minute Jermain Beckford equaliser.

Guillermo Varela completed 90 minutes, picking up a yellow card along the way, as Real Madrid Castilla slipped to another defeat. Castilla were on the wrong side of a 2-0 scoreline against Socuellamos with Varela unable to prevent the side slipping to their second defeat in two games. They now find themselves fourth in the Segunda B table, two points behind leaders Guadalajara.

Angelo Henriquez was an unused substitute in Dinamo Zagreb’s 3-0 win over Istra 1961 during last week. However, the Chilean then returned to the starting lineup for the weekend game against the somewhat confusingly named Zagreb. Henriquez continued his impressive form in front of goal, scoring both goals as Dinamo ran out 2-0 winners, before being substituted after 57 minutes.

Joe Rothwell has returned to United from his loan spell at Blackpool.

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